Today is Loosen Up, Lighten Up Day! Celebrate with The Morning Thing.

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We all have busy lives. The craziness of our days can lead to stress and anxiousness.

(from Every day is a new lap in the rat race, and sometimes we get so caught up in that that we lace ourselves in a little tight. Things have to go ‘just so’ and if things get out of whack we start to lose our minds a little. Routine and precision are definitely useful traits in certain situations, but Loosen Up, Lighten Up Day reminds us that sometimes, we just have to let go and enjoy the chaos that life brings us with a smile.

How to Celebrate Loosen Up, Lighten Up Day
Well, it all starts with letting go. Relaxing. Stop worrying about every little detail.
Drive casually, don’t rush as you move through traffic, and if someone cuts you off, laugh it off, and continue about your day.
Today is the day to let things that normally drive you up the wall, slide so that you can be free of that pain and that worry. Loosen Up, Lighten Up!

Here are 5 Ways to Loosen Up and Enjoy Life More from

1. Get Some Perspective

Whenever something stresses you out, it’s good to adopt a wide timeframe and ask yourself how much that thing will matter as time goes by.  How much will it matter one year from now?

The truth is that on a large timescale, very few things truly matter. This is why looking at things in perspective helps you relax and not take minor issues seriously. It helps you focus on what truly matters.

2. Look on the Bright Side Too

One major reason why people take things so seriously is because they look at everything that goes wrong, and they lose sight of all that goes well. They see the cup half empty in any area of life, and this makes it hard for them to enjoy themselves.

So in order to relax and have more fun, you wanna consciously practice finding and acknowledging the positive in your life: your qualities, your achievements, your opportunities, the things you do well and the things worth being grateful for. It doesn’t mean to deny the negative; it just means to see the positive as well. Your happiness will improve significantly.

3. Laugh and Make Fun about It

There is something powerful about laughing at a negative event and joking about it. It sort of tells your mind that the event isn’t that bad after all, since you can laugh about it. And once that idea has entered your mind, it will start finding reasons why, indeed, the event isn’t that bad. So you’ll detach emotionally and feel more joyful.

People who are optimistic and upbeat do this all the time. Because they have this mindset like: “This is what is; I can’t change it, so I might as well enjoy myself while I still can”. And so they do.

4. Work on Overcoming the Deeper Attitude Issues

Typically, taking things too seriously is only a symptom of much deeper issues. Often people who take things too seriously are perfectionists and they can’t tolerate imperfection (their own or that of others). Many times they have visible self-image issues, and often they really lack self-confidence.

Fixing these deeper issues will take some time and require proper guidance.

5. Have a Rich, Active Life

People with a rich, active life rarely take things too seriously. They’re too busy doing stuff. They don’t have the time or energy to dwell on negative events and worry. In a way, you could say that worrying about minor things is a luxury, afforded by people with too much free time on their hands.

So an effective way to stop taking things too seriously is to fill your life with activities and keep yourself engaged. Learn, get a job, pursue your passions, find new hobbies, do some volunteer work, do something. It will keep your mind too busy to worry, and it has many other perks as well, like making your lifestyle more exciting and making you a more interesting person.

This morning, we focused in on laughter as a way to loosen up and lighten up!
Check out these cute kids’ jokes from

Why was the bee’s hair sticky?Because he used a honey-comb.

What noise does a chicken’s phone make?Wing wing.

What kind of bagel can fly?A plain bagel.

Why did the dog sit in the shade?Because he didn’t want to be a hot dog.

Where do hamburgers dance?At a meat ball.

Where do dogs go when their tails fall off?The re-tail store.

What did the paper say to the pencil?You’ve got a really good point.

What did one ocean say to the other ocean?Nothing, it just waved.

How does a train eat?It goes chew chew.

What kind of cup can’t you drink out of?A cup-cake.

Click HERE for more jokes! 🙂



WNZR’s Meet the Team – Mount Vernon Nazarene University Cheerleaders


This week, our Meet the Team spotlight shines on the Mount Vernon Nazarene University  Cheerleading Squad. We talked with Coach Jill Spearman Macklin about this year’s squad, how the members are involved in community service and some exciting goals for next year!

Click HERE to hear WNZR’s Rachel Rinehart talk with Coach Macklin.

It’s not all about me?


Do you have children? Do you worry about the selfish nature of kids today? Well don’t worry because today we shared some tips from for teaching you kid that it is not all about them.  Here are some of the tips we especially likes

Self-absorption eventually saturates everyone around you.

If you have a “me-first” attitude, chances are your children will as well. Instead of immediately going for the easy chair after work, ask your wife if there is something you can do for her before unwinding. When your children see you putting others first, they’ll follow suit

Discuss the value of hard work.

When your children admire someone in the limelight, take time to talk about how much work goes into developing a talent or skill. It can be as simple as, “You know, it takes years of hard work to be able to sing like that.” Or a question, “Do you think it’s more important to be famous than it is to do the best you can with the gifts you’ve been given?” This will help your children begin to recognize the value of hard work versus cheap fame.

Praise your children.

Be careful not to honor shortcuts, cheating, or success that comes at the expense of others. While we applaud our children’s accomplishments, we shouldn’t do so insincerely or indiscriminately. If your child hits a dribbler to the shortstop, praise him for running hard to first base even though he was called out. But don’t make him out to be Babe Ruth unless he really does knock it out of the park.

For the full lest of tips, check out!

The Morning Thing Fave 5 – our favorite things from this week!

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Every week, The Morning Thing co-hosts share a Fave 5. This week, the co-hosts are sharing their favorite things that happened this week!

Marcy Rinehart

Eddie Dilts

Daria Swisher

Trevor Moore

(and guest co-host) Jenna Potts

Elf, Jr. The Musical

IMG_1791This morning we talked with the cast of Mount Vernon City School’s Elf, Jr. The Musical. The play features students in grades 4 through 12 and will be held in the Mount Vernon High School Theater.

The musical tells the story of a young orphan who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is given the name Buddy and raised by elves in the North Pole. Buddy lives happily unaware that he is actually a human until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh reality that his father is on the naughty list, and his stepbrother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of the holidays.

Listen in to hear a behind the scenes sneak peak of this hilarious Christmas story! You won’t want to miss Buddy the Elf, Walter Hobbs, Emily Hobbs, Michael Hobbs, and Santa Clause as they take the stage this weekend.

For our full conversation with the cast, click HERE!

Tickets are $8.00 and can be reserved by filling out a form on the school website, They will also be available 30 minutes before show time while supplies last.

MVNU Homecoming and 5K – Learn How you can get Involved

maxresdefaultThe Morning Thing had a chance to talk with Travis Keller, Director of Alumni Relations at MVNU, about the 2017 Homecoming 5K Race/Walk/Cycling Event. He talks about how the event will benefit Food for the Hungry of Knox County and shares details of how the community can get involved.

ffth-square-logoTo listen to our full conversation click HERE.

For more information about MVNU Homecoming and how to get involved click HERE.

To learn more about Food for the Hungry of Knox County click HERE.

Place 4 Grace – Do you know what it is?

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WNZR is proud to support a new Christian ministry in Knox County! Place 4 Grace is a maternity home that teaches un-wed mothers self-sufficiency, in a safe, secure, and stable home; to end poverty and generational un-wed pregnancy cycles.

The Morning Thing had a chance to talk with co-founder, Kandee Popham about her vision for the ministry and their upcoming fundraiser, Flannel Fest 2017. Click HERE to hear the full conversation about how God is moving in the community and what you can do to get involved!

— Flannel Fest 2017—

Join Place 4 Grace on Friday, November 10th for Flannel Fest 2017 at Trinity Worship Center, 1051 Beech Street in Mount Vernon.

Flannel Fest 2017 will have music, fun, prizes, food and more information about this wonderful ministry. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. A special program begins at 7 p.m.

Your General Admission ticket includes:

  • 1 Dinner
  • 1 trip through each of the Caramel Apple & Hot Cider/Coffee Bars
  • Festival Games

There will also be a chance to win prize packs like

  • Out of the Man Cave (2 tickets to Ohio State vs Indiana, Nov 18 Game & more)
  • Blessed & De-Stressed (4 hours of house cleaning, Salt Spa visit for 2 & more)
  • A Very Vernon Night (1 night stay at The Mount Vernon Grand & more)


For more information about Place 4 Grace visit their Facebook page, HERE. 

For ticket information for Flannel Fest 2017 click HERE.