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 (, 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.

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 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.

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 to for more information.

‪#‎mhm2016‬ ‪#‎MentalHealth‬ ‪#‎MentalWellness‬ ‪#‎StayWithMe‬

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