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Therapy Thursday: Poke Fun at Your Problems

pocket therapist front cover small.jpgI have decided to dedicate a post on Thursday to therapy, and offer you the many tips I have learned on the couch. They will be a good reminder for me, as well, of something small I can concentrate on. Many of them are published in my book, “The Pocket Therapist: An Emotional Survival Kit.

I think Rita Mae Brown had the right attitude when she wrote, “The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans is suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they are okay, then it’s you.” She attempts to have a little fun with a solemn subject.


So should we.

Because laughter relieves stress, reduces pain, boosts our immune systems, and helps us to fight viruses and foreign cells. Plus it cultivates optimism, that sunny and sometimes-annoying attitude of life that can do wonders for your mood, protecting you from negativity, fear, and panic.

But the most important reason to laugh?

It’s fun.

And it surely beats crying, although from 10 feet away most people can’t tell the difference.

  • http://thankyou... m.

    I love what you write, I love the way you write, I love the comfort you bring me, and I love seeing your kind face in the picture on top of the page every day…I wish I could hug you! thank you, Therese…

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Marylou D.

    I loved this! Laughter us a life saver.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment liti

    I Just LOVE this!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment steve

    As usual, a good one! Now I’m encouraged to do a lot of my laughing 10′ and more away from others … that way I can have fun AND get a lot of sympathy since some of them will think I’m crying LOL!!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Deb

    Just one of those days. Some are a little bit more difficult to get through…one never knows why.?? I truly do appreciate your writings so much. Wonder if I’ll EVER understand why sometimes I wake up and feel insecure and overwhelmed when everyone around me seems fine. I agree with the post above, you are so reassuring, and I thank you so much for all you do!

  • el-e-e

    This reminds me of one of my favorite fridge magnets, which says, “Why bother being pessimistic? It wouldn’t work anyway.”

    Humor is a good, good thing.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Connie

    This is true and laughter has helped thru so many bad times!!!

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