Laughter is good for you


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  • Start the session by sharing my initial thought of being a stand-up comic because the corporate world no longer appealed to me. My friend told me “Don’t quit your day job”. My response was “But I don’t have a day job”.
  • Optimistic and Pessimistic TwinsA family had twin boys whose only resemblance to each other was their looks. If one felt it was too hot, the other thought it was too cold. If one said the TV was too loud, the other claimed the volume needed to be turned up. Opposite in every way, one was an eternal optimist, the other a doom & gloom pessimist.Just to see what would happen, on the twins’ birthday their father loaded the pessimist’s room with every imaginable toy and game. The optimist’s room he loaded with horse manure.That night the father passed by the pessimist’s room and found him sitting amid his new gifts crying bitterly.“Why are you crying?” the father asked.“Because my friends will be jealous, I’ll have to read all these instructions before I can do anything with this stuff, I’ll constantly need batteries, and my toys will eventually get broken,” answered the pessimist twin.Passing the optimist twin’s room, the father found him dancing for joy in the pile of manure.“What are you so happy about?” he asked.To which his optimist twin replied, “There’s got to be a pony in here somewhere!”
  • This is just one excerpt from one of the Internet articles.
  • As you may know, there have been studies regarding the benefits of laughter. Three resources that were listed in the Baltimore County Public Library catalog with the search words “laughter and stress”.
  • A quick google search reveals that there are numerous articles available that provide support for laguhter.
  • From the Book “Inside Jokes – Using Humor to Reverse-Engineer the Mind”.Discuss the inter-relationship between LAUGHTER and MIRTH.
  • If possible share the Mary Poppins scene about I love to laugh! If you are like me when it comes to singing: I rather not sing and listen and hear the beautiful voices of the others sing because I don’t have confidence that my voice is pleasing to hear.
  • Distribute the post cards for each group member to have an opportunity to tell a joke and contribute to the laughter.
  • Give credit to the Letterman Top 10 practice. See extra notes
  • Read from the supplemental document “Corporate Lingo”.Read from the supplemental document “Employment History”.Read from the supplemental document “Language of Work”.
  • Share the song written by George Harrison:Here comes my JOB, do, do, do..Here comes my JOB, and I sayIt's all rightNew Employer,It's been a long, cold lonely winterNew EmployerIt feels like years since my last pay checkHere comes my JOB, do, do, dooooHere comes my JOB, and I sayIt's all rightNew EmployerThe smiles returning to the facesNew EmployerIt seems like years since it's been hereHere comes my JOBHere comes my JOB, and I sayIt's all right
  • Laughter is good for you

    1. 1. Unemployment and our attitude. Phil Svoboda For PETAG January 10, 2012
    2. 2. Twins: Optimistic vs. Pessimistic which attitude fits you?
    3. 3. Laughter is good for you
    4. 4. Research has shown that the health benefits of laughter are far-ranging. While more studies need to be done, studies so far haveshown that laughter can help relieve pain, bring greater happiness, and even increase immunity.Stress Management Benefits of Laughter:• Hormones: Laughter reduces the level of stress hormones like cortisol, epinephrine (adrenaline), dopamine and growth hormone. It also increases the level of health-enhancing hormones like endorphins, and neurotransmitters. Laughter increases the number of antibody-producing cells and enhances the effectiveness of T cells. All this means a stronger immune system, as well as fewer physical effects of stress.• Physical Release: Have you ever felt like you "have to laugh or Ill cry"? Have you experienced the cleansed feeling after a good laugh? Laughter provides a physical and emotional release.• Internal Workout: A good belly laugh exercises the diaphragm, contracts the abs and even works out the shoulders, leaving muscles more relaxed afterward. It even provides a good workout for the heart.• Distraction: Laughter brings the focus away from anger, guilt, stress and negative emotions in a more beneficial way than other mere distractions.• Perspective: Studies show that our response to stressful events can be altered by whether we view something as a threat or a challenge. Humor can give us a more lighthearted perspective and help us view events as challenges, thereby making them less threatening and more positive. (For more on changing your perspective, see this article on cognitive reframing.)• Social Benefits of Laughter: Laughter connects us with others. Just as with smiling and kindness, most people find that laughter is contagious, so if you bring more laughter into your life, you can most likely help others around you to laugh more, and realize these benefits as well. By elevating the mood of those around you, you can reduce their stress levels, and perhaps improve the quality of social interaction you experience with them, reducing your stress level even more!
    5. 5. Public library catalog search for booksGet a grip! : overcoming stress and thriving in the workplace by Losyk, Bob. Tai chi. Chigong. Yoga -- Whats food got to do with it? Stress and the brain connection. Whats eating you? -- Tackling stress with a tickle. The benefits of laughter. Letting more laughter into your life. Employees just want to ...Breakaway laughter : how to lighten up-despite it all by Crockett, Nan L., 1956- Stress management. ... Acton, Mass. : VanderWyk & Burnham, 2005. ... Breakaway laughter : how to lighten up-despite it all / Nan L. Crockett. ...The best of Loretta LaRoche by LaRoche, Loretta as well as the latest research in the fields of psychology and mind-body health, Loretta unveils simple techniques for living a life filled with laughter, compassion, and delight; parenting with a sense of humor; surviving stress in the workplace; and really celebrating each waking moment. ...
    6. 6. Google SearchShowing results for laughter and stressSearch instead for laghter and stressScholarly articles for laughter and stressLaughter and stress - White - Cited by 33… effect of mirthful laughter on stress and natural killer … - Bennett - Cited by 90Laughter and stress in daily life: Relation to positive … - Kuiper - Cited by 34Search Results 1. Stress relief from laughter? Yes, no joke - - SimilarYou +1d this publicly. Undohumor. 2. The Benefit of Laughter - How Laughter Can Reduce Stress and - SimilarYou +1d this publicly. Undostress, increase pain tolerance and support the immune system, as well ... 3. Laughter is the Best Medicine: The Health Benefits of - SimilarYou +1d this publicly. Undoand protect you from the damaging effects of stress. Best of all, this ... 4. The effect of mirthful laughter on stress and natural killer cell +1d this publicly. UndoAltern Ther Health Med. 2003 Mar-Apr;9(2):38-45. The effect of mirthful laughter onstress and natural killer cell activity. Bennett MP, Zeller JM, Rosenberg L, ... 5. Manage Stress With Laughter | LIVESTRONG.COM
    7. 7. • Even if there is nothing to laugh about, laugh on credit. ~Author Unknown• Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward. ~Kurt Vonnegut• Laughter gives us distance. It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it and then move on. ~Bob Newhart
    8. 8. mirth (noun)1. gaiety or jollity, especially when accompanied by laughter: the excitementand mirth of the holiday season.2. amusement or laughter: He was unable to conceal his mirth.laughter (noun)1. the action or sound of laughing.2. an inner quality, mood, disposition, etc., suggestive of laughter;mirthfulness: a man of laughter and goodwill.3. an expression or appearance of merriment or amusement.
    9. 9. laughtermirth attitude mirth laughter
    11. 11. Joke telling time
    12. 12. Reasons it is great to be unemployed• You have a ready response to telemarketers. I am unemployed and don’t have any money. Would you like to help me out?• You can actually stop and smell the roses, or the coffee, or the backed up sewer; what ever floats your boat.• The birds you see are flying in your back yard and not the middle digit of the irate commuter in the car next to you.• You can have a leisurely conversation with the nice crossing guard ladies at your child’s elementary school.• If you are a father, you have time to volunteer at the PTA and hang out with the parents of your child’s classmates.• You don’t have to worry about getting the perfect holiday gift or celebratory gift.• Friends buy your drinks for you.• You don’t have to practice good hygiene every day.• Your clothes last longer.• You don’t have to change your clothes to go to bed or when you get out of bed.• The snooze button has no relevance.• You no longer are obligated to endure Special High Intensity Training (S.H.I.T.) *• NUMBER ONE REASON: Having fun with my son!!! Who happened to help me pick out the jokes.
    13. 13. Advice going forward• When reviewing job requisitions consider the interpretations of the “Corporate Lingo” key words.• When interviewing and answering those tough questions about your prior employment consider the notes from the “Employment History” narrative.• When your next prospective employer is answering your questions, consider the interpretations of “Language of work”.
    14. 14. The 8 Keys to Becoming Wildly Successful and Happy written by Harry OlsonLeave it to Providence. State your goal as an affirmation. Repeat it and visualize it daily. Writeit on cards, get or draw a picture of it. Look at it frequently. Then leave the details to yoursubconscious, and to the Universe. This method works well when you aren’t sure of what youhave to do to reach your goal. A young man started writing out “checks fly into my mailbox” 50 times a day. Duringthat time, as a sideline he’d been writing a weekly column for his small-town newspaper. Oneday a friend invited him to a party. He went reluctantly. At the party, he met a publisher whotook interest in his articles and offered to publish them as an anthology. As the book sold, checksflew into his mailbox.
    15. 15. Here comes my job
    16. 16. BibliographyRoss, Dave and Jared Chapman. Barrel of Monkeys Super Silly Joke Book. New York/London: Sterling, 2008.Rosenbloom, Joseph and Hans Wilhelm. The Hans Wilhelm Treasury of Jokes. New York: Sterling, 2009.Freymann, Saxton and other. Knock, Knock! New York: The Penquin Group, 2007.Hurley, Matthew M, Daniel C. Dennett, and Reginald B. Adams, Jr. Inside Jokes Using Humor to Reverse-Engineer the Mind. Cambridge: The MIT Press, 2011.