Blonde kidnapper

Needing money desperately, a blonde decided to kidnap a child and hold him for ransom.

She went to the local playground, grabbed a kid randomly, took him behind a building, and told him, “I’ve kidnapped you.”

Then she wrote a note saying, “I’ve kidnapped your kid. Tomorrow morning, put $10,000 in a paper bag and leave it under the apple tree next to the slides on the south side of the playground. Signed: A Blonde.”

She then pinned the note to the kid’s shirt and sent him home to show it to his parents.

The next morning she checked, and sure enough, a paper bag was sitting beneath the apple tree. She looked in the bag and found $10,000, along with a note saying, “How could you do this to a fellow blonde?”

Returning lost keys

Walking through the car park at Chartwell last week, a friend came across a set of car keys. Although she was late for a meeting, she insisted on turning around and taking the keys back inside to the information desk. It turns out a relative of hers had lost a wallet at Chartwell some time ago and was thrilled that someone had handed it in.

Here’s hoping the owners of the keys were just as thrilled to get them back too.

Happiness and singing

You might’ve noticed that you’re more likely to sing in the shower when you’re happy, but did you know that regular singing actually makes you happier?

Research conducted in Australia, Germany and the UK in 2008 showed that members of choirs tend to be far more satisfied with their lives than the average person.

The act of singing has been shown to stimulate circulation, improve lung function and release endorphins to boost mood. But it seems it’s the act of singing in a group that brings about the greatest sense of satisfaction. The experience of connecting and harmonising with others creates a sense of wellbeing that goes beyond the benefits of singing alone.

In the Australian sample, 51% of the choristers had long term health problems – more than twice the national average – and yet 98% rated their quality of life as good or excellent and 81% were satisfied or very satisfied with their health.

So if you’re looking for a life change to boost your happiness level, the answer’s simple – join a choir.