Want to be happy?
Need to stretch those smile muscles?
It’s easier than you think!

BLESS Yourself:
Live a Happy Life






Jill Klein Rone, CAF* and NEW WORLD Theater Company have been making people laugh and bringing joy into their lives for over three decades. Her latest creation is a simple five step program (because, really, who has time for twelve steps?) designed to empower individuals to create their own happiness and well being.

In less than one hour, five simple ideas are shared and can be immediately incorporated into a daily routine to live a happy life.  Jill is living proof of their effectiveness, smiling her way out of the doldrums and overcoming chronic aches and pains.

Studies show that adopting these simple healthful habits helps keep people well, more productive, less expensive to insure, and reduces the cost of medical care, creating a higher quality of life.

DID YOU KNOW??? People absorb more information in one day than a person in the 1400s absorbed in a whole lifetime!?  No wonder we can't remember what we came into the room to get! No wonder we fall asleep during the evening news. 

Technological advances have increased life expectancy, improved communications, and, in general, have sped everything up and added a great deal of stress to our lives.  Technology has not taught us how to be happy or to truly take care of ourselves.
Adopting the following simple practices will reduce stress and improve one's health and outlook on life.

*CAF ~ Certified Amusement Facilitator


Breathing is second nature.  We take our first breath upon birth and just keep on breathing until we die.  Do you ever get so busy you forget to breathe?  By simply slowing down and focusing on our breath, we can gain a sense of peace, reduce tension and relieve stress. Breathing exercises are fast, simple, free and can be done by just about anyone, anytime, anywhere.

Breathing in, I calm my body.
Breathing out, I smile.
Dwelling in the present moment 
I know this is a wonderful moment.
~ Thich Nhat Hanh


Laughter provides a physical and emotional release.  It reduces the level of stress hormones, while increasing the level of health enhancing hormones and anti-body producing cells, creating a stronger immune system and fewer physical effects of stress.  A recent study showed that pre-school-aged children laugh up to 400 times a day, but by the time we reach adulthood, we laugh a mere 17 times per day on average! A list of classic, funny movies is one of the supplements available with the BLESS Yourself program.

e.e. cummings once wrote, "the most wasted of all days is one without laughter."


Energize through playing and exercise. To energize is to activate, or invigorate, and energy creates energy.  Simple exercise like walking, dancing, even pushing children on swings gets you moving.  It's a known fact that exercise helps reduce stress and improve your mood, promoting a state of enhanced physical and mental well being. It combats chronic diseases and helps manage your weight, strengthens your heart and lungs, promotes better sleep and, it can be fun! Movement is an affirmation of living and a natural function to maintain wellness. Involvement in playful activities, and ones that stimulate the body, mind and spirit are energizing.

We don't stop playing because we grow old,
we grow old because we stop playing.
~ George Bernard Shaw


Streching brings life to the body and to the spirit.  Simple stretches can be done almost anywhere by almost anybody. Stretching can prepare your muscles for exercise and improve your flexibility, balance and coordination. Other benefits include enhanced physical fitness and development of body awareness, giving you more ability to learn and perform skilled movements.  It increases mental and physical relaxation and suppleness, due to stimulation of the production of chemicals which lubricate connective tissues.  This leads to reduced risk of injury to joints, muscles and tendons, and reduced muscular soreness and tension.

"If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can blossom like a flower, and everyone in our family, in our entire society, will benefit from our peace."
~ Thich Nhat Hanh


Smile and the whole world smiles with you. Well, maybe not the whole world, but a smile can be incredibly powerful. Research has shown that smiling has both psychological and physiological effects. Wearing a warm smile can draw people to you, put others at ease, and even cheer you up. According to poet and Zen master Thich Nat Hanh, in his book Being Peace, “A smile can relax hundreds of muscles in your face, and relax your nervous system. A smile makes you master of yourself. That’s why Buddhas.....are always smiling.”

With happiness as the ultimate goal, developing an attitude of gratitude is added to the mix to complete the formula.

BLESS Yourself.
You'll be glad you did, and those around you will be, too!

“I think you just added about a year to my life, with all that laughter!”
~ resident at Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community, Harrisonburg, VA

NEW WORLD Theater Company
offers several programs
for all ages that emphasize
fun and laughter.

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