Why kindness is good


Try a Little Kindness

You got to try a little kindness
Yes show a little kindness
Just shine your light for everyone to see

Glenn Campbell had a number one hit a few years ago that was titled Try a Little Kindness.  The lyrics always brought a smile to my face. The song made me feel good. And afterwards I tried harder to be kind to others, to hold the door open when entering or leaving, to smile at someone who needed a smile, to say a nice word to a stranger.

Why is kindness so good for you? You don’t have to be a skeptic to believe in kindness.  Here are the scientific reasons why the giver of kindness reaps the benefit of his or her kindness.

1. Kindness releases feel-good hormones. How do you know? Just look at the smiles on everyone’s faces including yours:)

2. Kindness eases anxiety. Worry, concern, apprehension, and fear pile on like bricks, while kindness eases the load.

3. Kindness warms your heart. Literally, the act of kindness releases oxytocin which causes the release of a chemical called nitric oxide in blood vessels, which dilates (expands) the blood vessels, keeping your heart healthy.

4. Kind people live longer. It stands to reason that a healthy heart promotes a long life. What’s more kindness develops long-lasting friendships so you have someone with whom to share that long life. Isn’t that sweet?

5. Get Stressless. Kindness reduces stress. Stress is normal. Stress can be related to finances, work, relationships, and other life problems that pop up on a daily basis. Stressless recliners are a proven way to naturally reduce stress. Relax, put your feet up, stretch out your back, the recliner does the work.

Or as Tinker Bell would say, “All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.” And pixie dust is the kindness we spread around for joy.

Now you have time to think of your next good deed.

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Learn how to become Stressless

Join us Thursday at Traditions Furniture in Downtown Overland Park for an evening that is Stressless.


Register for a chance to win a Stressless recliner. Snack on Atlantic salmon and European cheeses. Meet Bob Baker, the Stressless sales representative and experience Stressless.

Stresslesssans stress; having no constraining force or influence: such as
a force exerted when one body or body part presses on, pulls on, pushes against, or tends to compress or twist another body or body part; free to move about naturally.

A Zen-like experience practiced in a chair called Stressless.

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Getting around in Ålesund, Norway

Sultry Seattle soul singer Oleta Adams was visiting Oslo, Norway a while back.

Not sure how far north she got, there are hills and mountains between Oslo and the far north where the fjords stick out into the icy North Sea like so many fingers pointing west. Which got me thinking about one of her biggest hits, Get Here, written by Brenda Russell in 1988, which Oleta first heard in Oslo, the very same year.

Thinking, like I said, that the song resonates the very same way today that it did back then, and always will, when something separates us from the one we love.

The lyrics start out like this:

You can reach me by railway
You can reach me by trail-way
You can reach me on an airplane

I don’t care how you get here, just get here if you can

In Ålesund, Norway you can only get there by an airplane, or a sailboat on a clear day. And they have a saying for rainy days – Alt vejr passerer, meaning all weather is passing.

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[Ålesund, population of 47,199, a port town built on seven islands, high on Norway’s west coast, in spectacular Møre og Romsdal County, at the entrance to the Geirangerfjord, on the way to Ikornnes, home to Stressless recliners.]

Directions in a foreign country can be confusing. The letters are different, the speech incomprehensible, the weather sometimes impossible.

Gudskelov (Thank God) the Norwegians speak English and good music is a universal language.


Falling in love again

The year is winding down, the morning air is cool and crisp, the coffee warm against my hands, the leaves, golden, brown and red, are falling again; funny how thoughts waft into your head – Marlene Dietrich’s Falling in Love Again, Yves Montand’s Falling Leaves, Frank Sinatra, It Was A Very Good Year, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Memories, Kurt Weill and Max Anderson’s September Song, and on and on…

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Make it Easy


There is a constant debate with couch potatoes questioning whether it is easy to do a hand spin, make a hole in one, put a basketball through the hoop from half court. Some people make things look easy. But they do it with years of practice.

Take it easy, make it easy, get Stressless.

Relaxing the Stressless way is always easy. Stressless’ patented technology provides proper head and lumbar support first time, every time, naturally.

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Make it Easy

Easy Peasy

I have always been impressed with athletes who make the most difficult moves look easy. It is an art learned after years of practice and trial and error. Once learned never forgotten.

Stressless sofas and recliners have perfected the art of comfort. Once experienced never forgotten. One of the patented Stressless features is Balance Adapt. Balance Adapt is unique because it gives you a sense of buoyancy while you are reclining and almost feels as if you are spinning and floating in air. Since it responds to your body, if you don’t want to rock you don’t have to and the recliner or sofa will hold you stable.

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Relax and Win

Since I have your attention for the moment let me recommend Bud Winter’s book Relax and Win, an oldie but goodie first published in 1981.  The book relies on the US Navy’s classified WWII program to train fighter pilots to relax and to be more efficient.

Bud Winter reveals his secrets that helped his track stars at San Jose State College sprint through the intensity and pressure of high-level Olympic competition making it easy to break 37 world records. Bud applies these methods to life and tells you how to turn your most stressful situations into moments of peak performance.

You too can experience peak performance of comfort in a Stressless sofa or recliner. Just relax and experience the ultimate in comfort.


How to find happiness without really trying

How to find happiness

Happiness is a state of mind, it is said, but those are empty words, for happiness is not something we think of, but something we experience, like the smile of a newborn child, the gift of a single rose on Valentine’s Day, a kind word when the day is long.

Don’t overthink it

Happiness is just one seat away.


Searching for the perfect Stressless chair takes time…, down time, to be exact.
Sit down in this chair or that, try another, check out the size, small, medium, or large, choose the classic base with its oval wooden shape or the signature base with its gleaming chrome and wood accents. Do you like the plush padding of the Mayfair recliner or the sleek modern look of the Nordic recliner?

Sit, recline, relax in a Stressless recliner

Sit, recline, relax, while you experience the ultimate in comfort. It takes time., but while you are searching, you are experiencing the patented features of the glide system that automatically adjusts the inner workings to give you the right angle to support your lumbar and neck regions.

To be honest, Stressless has done all the work for you. Stressless is the number one recliner for comfort. Designed and made in Norway to exacting standards, Stressless is made with a commitment to bringing you the very best in comfort.
And when you have completed your search for the perfect chair, what will you have found?

I can’t define it, but I know it when I feel it

Happiness, a state of well-being and contentment, joy, peace of mind, a pleasurable experience, words that are can not describe the feeling you experience when you sit in a Stressless recliner.
I am still searching for happiness, but that is the point. The journey, not the destination, the rewarding feeling of sitting in a Stressless recliner and relaxing takes time.

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Las Vegas Traditions

The top tradition in Las Vegas has to be getting married. The best day to marry in English tradition is Wednesday, although Monday is for wealth and Tuesday for health, Thursday or Friday if you only have the weekend to honeymoon.

Any day is a good day in Vegas unless you are losing.

Closely following the tradition of getting married is getting divorced. Hey, brides, maybe you forgot to tuck a sugar cube into your glove, a Greek tradition which will sweeten your years together.


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After that it is walking the Vegas Strip at any time of day. Whether it is the fountains at Bellagio and the Mirage volcano, Wynn billboard (the Wynn has a fountain show too, nicely choreographed to the music and billboard), or watch the crazy mass of people that floods the street.

It is always Showtime. Catch a street performer at night, or early in the morning, observe the other side of Vegas when joggers and the homeless share the sidewalks. Something Hunter S. Thompson must have often done.

And if you have some loose change in your pockets, the doors to the casinos are always open. Vegas is a city that never sleeps. And, if you can’t sleep, then relax in a Stressless recliner.

Next to that, pool side at the Venetian.