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  • Writer's pictureGranny Bonnet

'B' in Granny Bonnet's Alphabet of Witches.

Bertha Bracegirdle

As you can see, Bertha is a jolly and friendly woman, a witch whose presence cannot possibly go unnoticed! This is intentional on her part. She cannot hide who she is, (neither does she want to), so she positively radiates colourful self-assurance and charm.

Witchcraft, as practiced by Bertha and her daemon Ozzy, turns sorrow to joy, rejection to acceptance. Her choice of spell would most probably be wrapped in a funny anecdote or the telling of a joke.

Laughter, Bertha knows instinctively, makes it easier to cope with difficult situations. It also relieves loneliness as you connect with other people. Her advice is, 'be yourself and dance often, as happiness rebounds!'

Ozzy is Bertha's Daemon helper.

Bertha understands of course that a good sense of humour can't cure all ailments, but data is mounting about the positive things laughter can do. Negative thoughts manifest into chemical reactions that can affect your body by bringing more stress into your system and decreasing your immunity. On the other hand, positive thinking can actually release neuropeptides that help fight stress and potentially more-serious illnesses.

So go on! Enjoy a good old belly-laugh to stimulate your heart, lungs and muscles, and increase endorphins released by your brain. When you finish giggling, your heart rate and blood pressure will subside and you will be left with a good, relaxed feeling. Call it witch-craft or common-sense. It's your choice entirely...

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