11th Red Nose Day – 16th March 2007

Red Nose DayRed Nose Day is a UK-wide fundraising event organised by Comic Relief http://www.comicrelief.com every two years which culminates with a night of extraordinary comedy and moving documentary films.On Red Nose Day everyone in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales is encouraged to cast inhibitions aside, put on a Red Nose, and do something a bit silly to raise money – celebrities included. It is an event that unites the entire nation in trying to make a big difference to thousands of poor and disadvantaged people across the UK and Africa.

This year is the 11th Red Nose Day. In the UK there will be a TV show and evening dedicated to raising funds on Friday 16th March.

This event reminds us of the trouble and strife that is still resident in the world.

Interestingly, some science fiction has made much of a future that is poverty free. I remember a statement on the side of a Disney World entrance, a statement by Walt Disney himself: ‘If you can dream it, you can do it’.

It is great that we raise funds and help other people. We should see this as a mission for everyday of our lives.

Recently, I have been reading about the impact that negative emotions and feelings can have on our bodies. An important component of healthy living is not to allow our negative emotions to rule our lives or undermine our efforts. Negative emotions can exert powerful influence over both our thoughts and behaviour and consequently affect us physically. An individual’s negative outlook and the fears that underlie it can cause illness to manifest. Negative mental states cause physical changes in the body. Stress is thought to be at the heart of many diseases, causing a degenerative effect on the entire person. Suppressing negative thoughts and feelings will also cause negative consequences. Chronically ignoring and denying negative feelings is not a good thing to do, but spending a lot of time thinking negative thoughts can cause us to spiral uncontrollably into depression, anxiety and anger. Negative emotions can actually be a warning sign that we are not effectively dealing with issues or concerns in our life. The trick is to recognize the difference between unproductive negative emotions that cause us to view life, the world, events and situations through a distorted, negative lens, and productive negative emotions that cause us to face concerns and conflict in our lives.

In addition, being jealous and hateful can lead to personal physical degradation. Instead, it is suggested that we look for the good in others and to congratulate them on their success.
Maybe part of the problem is the competitive nature of life. It appears to contradict the need for unity. Survival of the fittest appears to have been replaced by egos and ‘one up person ships’.

I also read recently about the importance of being happy.
A simple exercise of thinking about 3 good things that happened during the day can apparently lead to increasing ones level of happiness.

On Red nose day be happy about giving and forget about competitive forces.

Categories: 2007, Anti-Poverty, Corporate Responsibility

2 replies

  1. short doses of negative thoughts, in fact work towards encouragment.
    I remember reading an article a long time back which detailed a research that concluded that people perform better under stress though prolonged conditions of stress start giving undesired results.

  2. Hey Tejbir I suggested that, ‘The trick is to recognize the difference between unproductive negative emotions’. You are right to suggest that some stress can be channelled into a positive manner. One could argue that survival of the fittest is based or driven on the need to simply eat – I guess what is bad is the constant wondering and we all do this in say a resturant – Hey, his food order looks better than mine!?

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