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Laughter — It’s the Best Medicine
Feeling agitated? Anxious? Or perhaps you’re preoccupied with some concern?
A growing body of research is telling us that laughter really is the best medicine. It seems the well-known saying, “He who laughs last laughs longest,” should read, “He [or she] who laughs a lot lives longest, healthiest and happiest.”
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It’s late at night and you’re in bed. The body to your left, pushing gentle zzzzs, radiates a comfortable warmth. The radio to your right plays softly. Your mental meanderings are suddenly jolted into focus by Rod Stewart’s voice. It’s golden oldie time and he’s warbling on about passion. “I need passion. You need passion. We need passion. Can’t live without passion.”
Every minute of every working day, people are being laid off — fired — retrenched. Is there a way to turn this potential catastrophe to your advantage?
I became a labor statistic the first time at lunchtime one muggy Friday, just six weeks after beginning what had been “sold” to me as (drum roll here) “the most stimulating and challenging work opportunity likely to come your way in a decade.”
When I arrived at work on Day One in item number one of my totally new executive wardrobe, my bubbling enthusiasm was tempered only by a small whisper of trepidation. Would I rise to the occasion? Would I live up to the expectations of the employer who had actively headhunted me from a secure and sought-after position? In my new job, I had been given an executive title, and an open brief. I had staff awaiting my guidance.
Gail Davies* was about to hit 50. The London–based executive at an international design company had a job she liked, a boss she abhorred, a marriage she was questioning, a body she was too busy to give any thought to, family and friends she was neglecting — and every so often she had the urge to ditch everything, move to Africa and write detective novels.