Rockin’ & Talkin’ – Fun and games never stop

The monthly report from the Clinton Seniors Association.

Canada Day, July 1, is a federal statutory holiday, significant because it celebrates the anniversary of the enactment of the British North America Act, 1867, today called the Constitution Act, 1867 which united three colonies (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the province of Canada which ultimately became divided in the process, to be known as Ontario and Quebec) into a single country called Canada within the British Empire. Originally called Dominion Day, the holiday was renamed in 1982, the year the Canada Act was passed.

Canada Day observances take place throughout the country as well among Canadians internationally.

In Clinton, Canada Day celebrations will be held in Reg Conn Park beginning at 11 am.

That same day the Clinton Seniors Association will hold their annual Yard sale from 10 am until 2 pm at the Clinton Seniors Centre – 217 Smith Ave. Your support at this Association fund raising is always appreciated.

July’s “flavour of the month” is HAVE FUN!

We are born with a complete understanding of fun which seems to fade over time. You sometimes hear “Children have all the fun.” It doesn’t have to be that way.

Life without fun and games isn’t just dull, it’s downright unhealthy. Research by Careen Yarnal, PhD, an associate professor of recreation, park, and tourism management at Penn State University has clearly shown “that when women get out there and play, the benefits are amazing. [I would hope her observations applied to men as well.] They cope better with stress, which sets up protective mechanisms that contribute to health and well-being. And if they play with others, it creates bonding and they get the benefit of social support as well. Just as we know play is healthy for children, helping them blow off steam, learn, experiment, and make friends, we’re finding the same to be true for adults.”

It’s also a good health habit. Japanese research found that spending as little as two hours a month laughing and listening to your favourite music has as big an impact on blood pressure as eliminating salty foods or even losing 10 pounds!

If you want to have fun, you have to get into the right mindset and embrace every opportunity for a good time. If you’re relaxed and not afraid to be a little silly, then you can have fun almost everywhere.

Finding a new hobby or activity is a great way to spice up your routine, pick up a new skill, and provide something to look forward to on a daily basis. Fight your negative thoughts. Replace them with more powerful positive thoughts. Stop obsessing over all of the little things that can go wrong. Avoid nagging or whining. You’ll be ruining your own fun and driving everyone away.

Happy Birthday to Helene Cade on July 22.

“To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent  –  that is to triumph over old age.” – Amos Bronson Alcott

Zee Chevalier