Originally created 05/23/00

Working makes us feel better



The brain is a wonderful organ. It starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get into the office.

- Robert Frost

Feel bad?

Go to work.

Last month the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta finished a five-year study that found people with jobs feel better (and are less likely to be sick) than people who are not working.

Despite the research, however, the health experts aren't sure why this is.

"We really don't know if people are not feeling well because they are unemployed, or they're without a job because they may not have resources for health insurance," said David Moriarty of the CDC's National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

Another finding in the study is that the average number of "unhealthy" days we all have each month is 5.3.

For people in rural areas, it's less - 5.1 days a month. People living in populated spots feel sick about 5.6 days each month.

(I hope this isn't one of those days for you.)

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MAIL BAG: Some travelers have sent post cards from the road. Bill Mitchell sends a card from England (Yorkshire), and writes: "I am on a little jaunt through Europe. In comparing systems between them and us, we have them beat except for the trains. There is nothing like the good old USA."

And Jackie House of Warrenton sends a card showing a gray and gloomy Seattle and writes: "Had to open my suitcase to retrieve my coat in the Seattle airport. Rain every other day and expecting more . . ."

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TODAY'S JOKE: Is passed along by Ruth Tewes.

It seems a big-city lawyer was representing the railroad in a lawsuit filed by an old farmer. The man's prize bull was missing from the section through which the railroad passed, and the farmer claimed that the bull must have been hit by the train, and wanted to be paid the fair value of the bull.

The case was scheduled to be tried before the justice of the peace in the back room of the general store. As soon as the farmer showed up, the attorney for the railroad pulled him aside and tried to get him to settle out of court.

The lawyer did his best selling job, and finally the farmer agreed to take half of what he was asking.

After the farmer had signed the release and took the check, the young lawyer couldn't resist gloating a little over his success, telling him, "You know, I hate to tell you this, old man, but I put one over on you in there. I couldn't have won the case. The engineer was asleep and the fireman was in the caboose when the train went through your ranch that morning. I didn't have one witness to put on the stand. I bluffed you!"

The old farmer replied, "Well, I'll tell you, young feller, I was a little worried about winning that case myself, because that darned bull came home this morning."

Reach Bill Kirby at (706) 868-1222, Ext. 107, or bkirby@augustachronicle.com.