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Feel Good Friday: The Power of Laughter
Laughter has always been a huge part of how I cope with stress, anxiety or uncomfortable situations. Although it isn’t always the best way it seems to work for me. Sometimes I try to make myself or other laugh and sometimes I need a little bit of help. In my many searches through TV shows and stand up comedy routines I have discovered that it is hard to make me laugh as most times the jokes don’t land, are offensive or are not related able to me.
The one comedian who seems to always be able to make me laugh is Ellen DeGeneres. As a university student I would watch her “Here and Now” stand up comedy DVD (Yes DVD, before the days of streaming services) on repeat with my roommates. Still to this day we repeat lines from the show in our everyday conversations and continuously laugh even though we have used the same line over and over again for the better part of a decade. I was a bit apprehensive when I heard she was making a return to the comedy scene on Netflix but was pleasantly surprised by her special entitled “Relatable”. Just like her other comedy specials she finds ways to take everyday things that we all experience funny. I actually LOL’d a number of times throughout the special. Regardless if you like her or not, if you have sometime to sit down and have a laugh check it out!
The idea of Feel Good Fridays started because, we believe the simple things that bring a smile to our face, are some of the best things. Smiling and laughing has been proven to reduce stress in our lives! When we smile or laugh it releases neurotransmitters in our brain called endorphins, which are in charge of making us happy and helping to relieve stress.
Nathan is an energetic and passionate youth advocate who has spent over two decades supporting youth with mental health and wellness. Through his work in public health, youth program development and coaching, Nathan brings a wide range of experiences in supporting youth to achieve their personal goals and to make positive change in their community. When not in the office Nathan spends most of his time taking care of his fur baby, playing volleyball or coaching basketball.
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