Laughter is the Best Medicine

Growing up, I was what could only be described as “prissy”. I loved wearing girly things – dresses, make-up (though I wasn’t allowed until I reached middle school), jewelry – and dressing up. Which is why today’s link appeals to me so much. My wardrobe changes with the season, but there is something timeless about a tutu.

If you haven’t come across The Tutu Project (http://thetutuproject.com/), consider this your introduction. When Bob Carey’s wife Linda was diagnosed with breast cancer, he donned a tutu, grabbed his camera and took silly pictures to make his wife smile and laugh through her treatment. And while his photos go to support a great cause, the therapy can be applied to other illnesses, like depression.

Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain. Laughter has many benefits and can help remind us that life is good and worth fighting for.

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If you or someone you know is struggling with depression, text ‘Start’ to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741. It’s free and confidential; and someone is available to talk to you 24/7. Visit their website at www.crisistextline.org for more information. You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-8255) or NAMI (800-950-6264) for support and local referrals.

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To celebrate the release of my new book, Stay With Me, as well as commemorate Mental Health Awareness Month, I will be posting articles and links on the subject through the month of May. Please share this with your friends and family. And don’t forget to get a copy of my book. Go tohttps://ruthegriffin.com/home/bookshelf/stay-with-me/ for more information.

‪#‎mhm2016‬ ‪#‎MentalHealth‬ ‪#‎MentalWellness‬ ‪#‎StayWithMe‬

http://www.upworthy.com/when-his-wife-was-diagnosed-with-breast-cancer-bob-put-on-a-tutu-and-went-straight-for-the-laughs

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