When I think I’ve heard it all, I found out this morning that I haven’t!! So, with a HAPPY smile on my face, I am writing this post to make your day!
This is another “hair salon” story….“Oh, No …please spare us!” you are thinking.
It appears that this salon operator wanted to hire someone for her salon. She went to get the advertisement printed and was eagerly looking for the right person to respond.
Here is what Alison Birch said happened when she tried to list the job ad. She was looking for a part-time qualified hairdresser at her AJ’s Unisex Hair Salon in Stroud, England. (And I thought only crazy things happened in American salons that were news worthy!)
“The position called for someone with five years’ experience of working in a salon, who is “confident in barbering as well as all aspects of hairdressing.”And the advertisement stated, “This is a busy, friendly, small salon, so only happy, friendly stylists need apply.”
She claims the man at the job center said to her: “I’m sorry, but the word happy is a discriminatory word and we aren’t allowed to use it, as somebody who is not happy will be discriminated against.”
According to Birch, he then asked: “Should we change the word in case somebody thinks that they can’t apply for the job because they are not a happy person?”
“Was I being a bit sensitive, and is the word happy discriminating? Or has this whole world all gone mad?” Birch said.And plenty of Birch’s customers agreed with her outrage over the job center’s “ridiculous” stance on her advertisement.
Karen Evans commented: “The world has gone absolutely mad.
“Does this mean that every descriptive word is discriminating… happy, tall, smart, elegant? Good luck with your search.”
Julie Thickins added: “I thought this was a joke, realizing it clearly isn’t has left me absolutely speechless… what has the human race come to?” (Taken from South West News Service in England)
I’m sure my readers will remember the ads in years past when someone is looking for the perfect person to meet. Well, if those ads still exist…no one could say that they are looking for a “TALL and HANDSOME MAN.” Certainly that would be discriminating against the men out there that are “SHORT and UGLY.” (Which reminds me that my female, English students in Mongolia said they just wanted to marry a man that was “CLEAN and SOBER.” Poor, dears, they didn’t realize that they were putting the Mongolian men who were DIRTY and DRUNK in a discriminated-against category.)
It also occurred to me that when I patted my Golden Retriever this morning and said, “Bella, you are such a BEAUTIFUL girl….and a GOOD girl too.” I surely was discriminating against all the BAD, UGLY dogs in the world.
A special note from Boyer Writes:
Good luck, Ladies in England, on hiring a HAPPY person for your salon. You deserve happiness for happiness should not be prohibited! Yes, You are right… “The world has gone crazy!”
Sometimes when the world is ready to throw up its collective hands, maybe we need to take a lesson from some who have the right idea about things:
- If someone enters your territory for a little rest, let them.
- Give them an extra push when needed.
- While they rest, you rest.
Life is too short to do otherwise.
Have a great day and enjoy this video below which illustrates the words above. They have the Right Idea! (Great music…click video, move mouse over picture and click on sound)
Over the last couple years, my husband has taken up woodworking. He’s getting quite good at it, having made a nice tray for his sister and smoothing down some beautiful old wood. I have been cooking and learning a new skill….home made dinner rolls.
Therefore, we thought it would be fun to combine the two things we both enjoy for your reading and watching pleasure.
Recently I spent two days in a hospital in Florida where my husband was having surgery. This particular hospital, known as Florida Hospital, has a Christian mission of healing…and part of their healing is that all staff members should treat the patients “like family”. They laugh with patients while helping with things that really hurt!
Just down the street is a hotel where I stayed while waiting for the surgery. Going down to breakfast, I was met with a man scrambling the eggs with a grunt and a groan. His attitude was one of discontent. Of course, this translates to those he serves. So often people do not understand that their attitudes say more than words could ever say. Body language is also a signal that all is not well.
According to many reports the attitudes that we harbor day in and day out have a direct connection to our over-all health and well-being. Here is one of them:
According to Mayo Clinic, the following are the benefits of laughter:
A good laugh has great short-term effects. When you start to laugh, it doesn’t just lighten your load mentally, it actually induces physical changes in your body. Laughter can:
- Stimulate many organs. Laughter enhances your intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulates your heart, lungs and muscles, and increases the endorphins that are released by your brain.
- Activate and relieve your stress response. A rollicking laugh fires up and then cools down your stress response and increases your heart rate and blood pressure. The result? A good, relaxed feeling.
- Soothe tension. Laughter can also stimulate circulation and aid muscle relaxation, both of which help reduce some of the physical symptoms of stress.
Laughter isn’t just a quick pick-me-up, though. It’s also good for you over the long haul. Laughter may:
- Improve your immune system. Negative thoughts manifest into chemical reactions that can affect your body by bringing more stress into your system and decreasing your immunity. In contrast, positive thoughts actually release neuropeptides that help fight stress and potentially more-serious illnesses.
- Relieve pain. Laughter may ease pain by causing the body to produce its own natural painkillers. Laughter may also break the pain-spasm cycle common to some muscle disorders.
- Increase personal satisfaction. Laughter can also make it easier to cope with difficult situations. It also helps you connect with other people.
- Improve your mood. Many people experience depression, sometimes due to chronic illnesses. Laughter can help lessen your depression and anxiety and make you feel happier.
The world is full of sadness and tragedy as seen on every TV channel; internet and talk show. You live in the real world and have the ability to make your part of the world a better place. If you are a teacher, smile at the students or a waiter….smile and be courteous to the tables you are serving. If you are a nurse or nurse’s assistant ….caring for the elderly or sick…take them by the hand and speak a kind word. You may be sitting in their place one day. You do not know what someone is facing in life. You may be their only brightness in the day. Make laughter a part of your life. Smile at strangers….and see if it improves your physical or at least your mental health. It may even be a medicine with very special side-effects!