Get More Laughter Vol 9 Issue 3

Get More Laughter Vol 9, Issue 3
by David Granirer author of The Happy Neurotic: How Fear and Angst Can Lead to Happiness and Success
In This Issue
Humor Can Help You Achieve!
Things you can do to help!
Featured Article
This Month’s Joke

Humor Can Help You Achieve!!!

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Self-efficacy is a fancy term meaning that you believe in your ability to do what it takes to achieve goals or complete tasks. Studies prove that when people have strong levels of self-efficacy, they tend to succeed. In other words, believing that you can accomplish something means that you’ll work harder, persist in the face of obstacles, and make smart choices. Conversely, if you lack the belief that you can succeed at a given task, chances are you’ll give up as soon as the going gets tough.

To assess the effect of laughter on self-efficacy, researchers recruited employees of a behavioral and mental health facility, and had them participate in 15 minutes a day of laughter yoga exercises for 15 days. They completed the Capabilities Awareness Profile before participating in the study, immediately after the 15 days were up, and again 90 days later.

During the 15 days of laughter yoga sessions, and 90 days after they had ended, participants reported an increase in various aspects of self-efficacy including: Self-regulation, the ability to manage unpleasant emotions; optimism, the sense that things will work out well; positive emotions, having good feelings about oneself and one’s abilities; and social identification, the sense of being connected with and supported by others.

These gains dipped slightly 90 days after the laughter group, but were still significantly better than before subjects participated in the laughter groups.

There were also other interesting effects. A nurse who participated in the study was taken off all of his blood pressure medication during the third week of the program, and, one year later, was still managing his blood pressure by daily use of the laughter exercises.

It seems that regular laughter not only helps us believe in ourselves, but also can in some cases alter our physiology, as long as we do it on a regular basis. And 15 minutes a day of laughter is pretty doable even in busy workplaces. The question is: How many of us will actually follow through?

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For more on David’s book The Happy Neurotic: How Fear and Angst Can Lead to Happiness and Success click here
Learn how you can be happy, productive, and well-adjusted while remaining as neurotic as ever!

Things you can do to help!
Rebecca’s Dream is an organization that raises funds for education around mental illness. Rebecca Cutler had bipolar disorder and committed suicide in 2003.

To honor Rebecca’s dream of giving back by educating others, her parents created Rebecca’s Dream. Funds are raised through an annual gala.

I’ve met the Cutlers and they are amazing people. To find out more click here

David Granirer gives laughter in the workplace presentations helping hundreds of organizations throughout North America reduce stress, increase wellness, and cope with change. For more information on his presentations, stand-up comedy, products, and articles call (604) 205-9242 or go to

For information on Stand Up For Mental Health, his course teaching stand up comedy to people with mental illlness go to

For info on his book The Happy Neurotic: How Fear and Angst CanLead to Happiness and Success go to

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Upcoming Shows!!!
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Catch Stand Up For Mental Health Live!

Led by David Granirer, Stand Up For Mental Health teaches stand-up comedy to people with mental illness as a way of building confidence and fighting public stigma

Nov 23, Vancouver B.C.,
7:00 p.m.
2008 Class Graduation,
Granville Island Stage,
Tickets $25.00
Call 604-629-8849 or go to

Nov 20: Abbotsford, B.C.,
7:00 p.m.
SMH Abbotsford Fundraiser
Cascades Community Church
35190 Delair Road,
Tickets $25.00
Contact Pat Bayes (604) 707-0483

Nov 12, Chilliwack, B.C.,
7:00 p.m.
SMH Chilliwack Fundraiser
Tzeachten Community Hall
45855 Promontory Road,
Tickets $25.00
Contact Pat Bayes (604) 707-0483

Get your copy of Cracking Up, the VOICE Award winning documentary on Stand Up For Mental Health for $28.25 CDN includes tax and shipping in North America
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Cracking Up is hilarious and fun way to educate your organization about mental illness. It makes for a great lunch and learn or educational workshop!

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This Month’s Joke

Seeing as we have just had a Canadian election and the US one is upcoming, I thought this joke was timely:

A busload of politicians was driving down a country road when all of a sudden the bus crashed into a tree in a farmer’s field.

The farmer went over to investigate, then dug a hole to bury the politicians.

A few days later the sheriff came out, saw the crashed bus and asked the farmer where the politicians had gone. The farmer said he’d buried them.

“Were they all dead?” asked the sheriff.

The farmer replied,”Well some of them said they weren’t, but I didn’t believe them.”

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