Bored people are boring people. If you'd rather find something to do besides sit and complain, check out these two opportunities I've recently discovered.
Anyone can join a free laughter yoga club. There are four in Oklahoma City:
• Tuesdays, 8:30 a.m., Laugh and Walk in the Park, Will Rogers Park's Arboretum trails, 3400 NW 36.
• Fridays, 10 a.m., Integris Third Age Life Center, 5100 N Brookline.
• Fridays, 5:55 p.m., 3030 NW Expressway, Union Plaza Lower Level.
• Saturdays 10:30 a.m., 701 N Council Road., Emerald Square Living Center.
If you are curious about laughter yoga, you can try it out. Bring your family, friends and neighbors Sunday afternoon from 3 to 4 p.m., to a special Laughing for Health session at Oklahoma City's Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave.
Oklahoma City's certified laughter yoga teacher, Ellen Mercer, describes it as a unique exercise routine combining laughter exercises with yoga breathing. Mercer says it brings more oxygen into the body and brain making one feel more energetic and healthy. For more information, go to www.ellenmercer.com.
A couple of weeks ago I mentioned an opportunity for older adults, age 50 and up — the Osher Life Learning Institute.
If you like the idea of learning, but don't want assignments and tests, this is for you. You can take an up-close and personal look at the microorganisms in your life, better understand world religions, delve into Oklahoma cold cases — and more.
I first heard about OLLI from Jana Bright, OSU's Oklahoma City site coordinator. The following week I attended an event on Norman's OU campus and met James Pappas, the OU vice president for University Outreach who supervises OLLI on the Norman campus.
At the same event, I sat with two women who have been attending OU's OLLI classes for the past five years — Linda Magnin and 88-year-old Tari Wood.
They've studied everything from Iceland to Beethoven, and since both of them are interested in “anything political” their most recent class has been “The Road to the White House.” Contact both campuses for classes and locations.
Doesn't laughing and learning sound better than bored and boring?
Charlotte Lankard is a licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.