Celebrate stress and all of the stressful people and situations in your life. Stress is great for you, mind, body, and spirit! Nothing twists your internal organs, sends you off balance emotionally, or messes with your head, quite like stress.
Stress For Your Health
When you continue to ignore the signs of stress, you get to live in denial. You can pretend that you’re indestructible, that nothing gets to you, and that you’re impervious to pain. You can eat all of the junk food you wish, ignore mindful dining and good nutritional guidelines. It doesn’t matter that 85% of all illness are a result of lifestyle choice and are, therefore, avoidable. Don’t pay any attention to Dr. C. Norm Shealy’s findings. Stress is just a made up thing.
What to Ignore
Please, ignore everything written above. We don’t want to celebrate stress. We want to celebrate April Fools Day!!!!
How it Began is a Mystery
According to Snopes, April Fools’ Day began in the 1500s when the Gregorian calendar replaced the Julian. Prior to that, the new year was celebrated on April 1st, as opposed to January 1st. Those who forgot the change and attempted to celebrate New Year’s in April, were teased and called “April fools.”
According to the Encyclopedia of Religion and the Encyclopedia Britannica, another theory is that this day of pranks is related to the arrival of spring, when nature “fools” mankind with fickle weather, .
In Scotland, an April fool is called an April “gowk,” which is Scottish for cuckoo, an emblem of simpletons. However, in England, a fool is called a gob, gawby or gobby.
The French call the victim of a hoax is called a “poisson d’avril,” an April fish. (“April fish” refers to a young fish, thus one easily caught.) The French delight in shouting “Poisson d’Avril!” at revealing the foolery. Some also insist all such pranks include a fish.
One British news media broadcast reported on the success of a spaghetti harvest and then received a deluge of calls regarding how they could grow spaghetti crops or visit those mentioned in the broadcast.
No pranks or practical jokes should ever be harmful to anyone. They are intended to be lighthearted, as is this post. The worst April Fool pranks that did to my children when they were small were to fill their juice cups with red Jello and a straw and instead of mashed potatoes and gravy on their dinner plate next to their vegetables, I put vanilla ice cream with caramel sauce.
Don’t Be An April Fool
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