Are you aware that 75 percent of daily conversation is negative? While you may not have noticed that, you are no doubt aware of the stress and hassles of everyday life. Loretta LaRoche, an adjunct member on the faculty of the Behavior Institute of Medicine, which is an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, is determined to break you out of your cycle of negativity. Half comedian, half therapist, Loretta wants you to see the lighter side of situations. After all, optimists live longer. "Pessimists are accurate," she says, "but they don't live as long."
In this hour-long video, The Joy of Stress, Loretta humorously teaches you how to adopt a critical tenet of Alcoholics Anonymous: "fake it till you make it"--how to act cheerful until it begins to come naturally. Life needs more belly laughs, she points out, and she teaches you exactly how to have them. You only thought you knew the proper way to laugh. Peppering her seminar with stories about her own Italian grandmother, her husband, and herself, Loretta's act surpasses that of many lesser comedians. Using different hats and different attitudes, Loretta will teach you how to loosen up and have you laughing (at her as well as at yourself) while you're doing it. This video works well by itself or in conjunction with her other two tapes, Humor Your Stress and How Serious Is This? --Jenny Brown
Laugh your way to health and happiness. Comedienne Loretta LaRoche shows how life's most stressful situations, with the family, at work and more, should be viewed as the most fun of your life. Also includes your own special groucho glasses and clown nose for those times when a sense of humor isn't enough. The hilarious Joy of Stress shows you how to prevent hardening of the attitude and use humor to break the negative and irrational thought patterns that cause stress, and reframe them into powerful, positive tools for change. In Humor Your Stress, Loretta uses her irreverent, unconventional, wacky and just plain funny style, to show us how to lighten our ways, including finding humor in everyday situations, learning how to stop to-doing and start tah-dahing, the power of twirling, and finding the bless in all the mess.