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    1 : Distress Your Life Through Humor/Laughter Ed Seagle, CSU, Chico Mike Martin, LearningChange
    2 : AMERICA’S #1 HEALTH PROBLEM Time magazine's June 6, 1983 cover story called stress "The Epidemic of the Eighties" and referred to it as our leading health problem; there can be little doubt that the situation has progressively worsened since then. Numerous surveys confirm that adult Americans perceive they are under much more stress than a decade or two ago. A 1996 Prevention magazine survey found that almost 75% feel they have "great stress" one day a week with one out of three indicating they feel this way more than twice a week. In the same 1983 survey only 55% said they felt under great stress on a weekly basis. It has been estimated that 75 - 90 percent of all visits to primary care physicians are for stress related problems.
    3 : STRESS STATISTICS A 1996 Prevention magazine survey found that almost 75% feel they have “great stress” one day a week with one out of three indicating they feel this way more than twice a week. The 2000 annual “Attitudes In The American Workplace VI” Gallup Poll found that: 80% of workers feel stress on the job, nearly half say they need help in learning how to manage stress and 42% say their coworkers need such help; 14% of respondents had felt like striking a coworker in the past year, but didn’t; 25% have felt like screaming or shouting because of job stress, 10% are concerned about an individual at work they fear could become violent; 9% are aware of an assault or violent act in their workplace and 18% had experienced some sort of threat or verbal intimidation in the past year. 2000 Integra Survey similarly reported that: 65% of workers said that workplace stress had caused difficulties and more than 10% described these as having major effects; 10% said they work in an atmosphere where physical violence has occurred because of job stress and in this group, 42% report that yelling and other verbal abuse is common; 19% or almost one in five respondents had quit a previous position because of job stress and nearly on in four have been driven to tears because of workplace stress; 12% had called in sick because of job stress. According to a survey of 800,000 workers in over 300 companies, the number of employees calling in sick because of stress tripled from 1996-2000. An estimated 1 million workers are absent everyday due to stress. Job stress is also very costly with a price tag for U.S. industry estimated at over $300 billion annually as a result of accidents, absenteeism, employee turnover, diminished productivity, medical, legal and insurance cost.
    6 : STRESS INFORMATION Stress is arousal of mind and body in response to demands made on them. A stressor is any demand on mind or body. A distressor is any demand resulting in harm to mind or body. Distress is too much or too little arousal, resulting in harm to mind or body. Positive stress is helpful arousal-arousal that promotes health, energy, satisfaction, and peak performance.
    7 : PROFESSIONAL STRESS Why do we as recreation professionals have a reason to get stressed? What causes it? What is the affect of it?
    8 : What Are Your Stress Points? Where do you hold you stress? Head Jaw Shoulders Neck Lower back Chest ??????
    9 : FINDING HUMOR IN UNPLEASANT SITUATIONS Have you ever had one of those days? What could cause it?
    12 : ADDITIONAL STRESSORS Informational overload Life style changes Lack of confidence in institutions Job security Setting limits Mid-career phenomena Physical and mental exhaustion Underutilization of skills Physical work conditions Lack of control over one's destiny Lack of occupational feedback and communication Work overload or underload Contact overload Role conflict/ambiguity Individual factors Training deficiencies Society changes
    13 : COST OF DISTRESS Individual Physical illness Low self-esteem Lowered energy Noninvolvement in public issues Decreased productivity Joylessness and meaninglessness Wasted potential Absence of fun and play Lack of career advancement Loss of interest in sex Decreased satisfaction with life, work, relationships Family Tension in the air Loss of potential earnings by an ailing family member A damper on freedom of expression Inattentiveness to emotional and physical needs of others Open conflict Family breakup Psychological put-downs High health-care costs Physical abuse Low self-esteem of others in the family Workplace Low productivity Absenteeism Worker dissatisfaction Worker turnover Conflict with co-workers High health-insurance costs Walt Schafer, “Stress Management for Welleness”
    14 : SO WHY IS HUMOR & LAUGHTER GOOD FOR US! It allows us to be creative, work harder and be more comfortable. It decreases isolation. Laugher allows us to bond with other people and ease our loneliness. It’s contagious. Laughter creates laughter. It’s universal. Everybody can laugh. Human beings are born with the gift of laughter. It reduces aggression and conflict. It relieves anxiety. One cannot laugh and be afraid simultaneously. It’s physically impossible. Laughter also shrinks the source and size of your fears. Above all else, it’s fun. It gives us back our playfulness, a characteristic of all mankind. Laughter is a natural, physical process which releases pain, physically and emotionally.
    15 : BENEFITS OF HUMOR/LAUGHTER What are the health benefits of humor and laughter? Reduce stress Lower blood pressure Elevate mood Boost immune system Improve brain functioning Protect the heart Connect you to others Foster instant relaxation Make you feel good
    16 : Laughter - Still the Best Medicine Health benefits of humor & laughter Adults laugh approximately 15 times per day, while children laugh about 400 times a day. Dr. Stanley Tan, Endocrinologist at California’s Loma Linda University Medical Center states: “All these neuro-hormones act like an orchestra, each instrument makes a particular note. Laughter makes the entire orchestra more melodious or balanced. In other words, laughter brings to all the components of the immune system.”
    17 : HUMOR IN THE WORKPLACE Humor, the joy of jocularity, has benefits that are actually measurable. The University of Southern California has tested subjects both before and after a through laugh session and found that laughing lowers the blood pressure, releases natural pain killers (endorphins), and boosts the immune system. Not bad for having fun! Some of the correlations on the relaxing power of laughter: 100 laughs = 10 minutes of aerobic benefits from a rowing machine 15 minutes of laughter = relaxing effect of meditation for 8 hours 10 minutes of laughter = relaxing effect of 2 hours sleep We can see the future of medicine now….”Take two television comedy programs and call me in the morning.” Humor In The Workplace, Brian and Kelly Craft, Innovative Leader, Vol. 6, No. 5
    18 : A TWELVE-STEP METHOD TO FUN 1. Start with yourself. 2. Inspire fun in others. 3. Create an environment that encourages fun. 4. Celebrate the benefits of fun. 5. Eliminate boundaries and obstacles that inhibit fun. 6. Look for the humor in your situations. 7. Follow your intuition-Be spontaneous. 8. Don’t postpone your fun. 9. Make fun inclusive. 10. Smile and laugh a lot. 11. Become known as “Fun Loving.” 12. Put fun into action. Dave Hemsath & Leslie Yerkes, “301 Ways to Have Fun at Work”
    19 : THINGS YOU CAN DO TO PUT MORE FUN/HUMOR IN YOUR LIFE? -CPRS 2005 2 different shoes or sox Air guitar Any eating contest Be a kid at heart Belly flop contest Bubble blowing Charades Comedy night Comics Cook funny receipts Dance funky Dog park Doodle Draw cartoons Face & finger painting Food fight Funny costumes Funny faces Funny movies Funny noses Funny stickers Funny/silly pictures (i.e. baby pictures) Gag gifts Goodwill-try on funny clothes Googly eyes Juggling Karaoke Lip synch Magic tricks Mascot Most embarrassing moment Nicknames Past pictures on different bodies People watching Pig Latin Pillow fight Pranks Put on puppet show Roast Silly hats Silly tales & stories Skits Slip-n-slide Smile Sound effects Surprise someone Theme days Throwing contest (i.e. rubber chicken) Water fight
    20 : HUMOR / LAUGHTER ACTION PLAN What can I do immediately to increase my humor/laughter? Personally? Work? (be specific) ACTION What can I do long range to increase my humor/laughter? Personally? Work? (be specific) ACTION
    21 : HUMOR / LAUGHTER IDEAS HUMOR KIT Funny pictures (family, friends, goofy ones, etc.) Collect cartoons (newspaper, magazines, cards, etc.) Noses (clown, Pinocchio, etc.) Funny items (Groucho glasses, hates, shirts, etc.) Noise makers Posters (3 Stooges, Laurel & Hardey, etc.) Audio & video tapes (comedy, storytellers, etc.) Collect and send funny cards & letters Dress funny days at work or running races Read funny books “Erma Bombeck”, “Peanuts”, Calvin & Hobbes”, etc. Collect humorous quotes Find humorous people to talk to and be with Try telling funny incidence Observe life and people for funny situations and examples (i.e shopping mall) “Lighten Up”
    22 : THOUGHTS TO PONDER! Live is uncertain…eat dessert first! Don’t Postpone Joy! One of the best things people can have up their sleeves is a funny bone. Humorists always sit at the children’s table. The most wasted day of all is that on which we have not laughed. You grow up the day you have your first real laugh-at yourself. A playful attitude is best. Without laughter, the spiritual path would be boring. Laughter is free, legal, has no calories, no cholesterol, no preservatives, no artificial ingredients, absolutely safe. Laughter is the shortest distance between two people. Good humor is goodness and wisdom combined. An optimist laughs to forget; a pessimist forgets to laugh. Laughter is the natural sound of childhood. Humor is a fine teaching tool. People learn when they are enjoying themselves. Laughter is the jest medicine. Managing to have a sense of humor makes it a lot easier to manage people. It is more important to have fun than it is to be funny. S/He who laughs, lasts. In prehistoric times, mankind often had only two choices in crisis situations: fight or flee. In modern times, humor offers us a third alternative: fight, flee--or laugh. Steve Wilson, Eat Dessert First, Advocate Pub.
    23 : -CONTACT INFORMATION- Ed Seagle, EdD, Professor Department of Recreation California State University, Chico Chico, CA 95929-0560 530/898-6016 Specialty trainings and workshops related to stress, burnout, humor/laughter. Sessions can be 2, 4 or 6 hours and feature lecture, self evaluation and participation. Outcomes: Happy employees Healthier employees Better work production Less turnover Mike Martin Learning Change, Co-Founder 120 West Second Street, Suite 2 Chico, CA 95926 530/899-8880  Learning Change is a creative and professional services company headquartered in Chico, California. We provide design and business consulting services to commercial, nonprofit, government, and educational organizations.Our integrated design and leadership team specializes in services that focus on invigorating your business or organization. Low ropes, facilitator training, and innovative products to make you and/or your staff more successful in leading groups. Benefits: Increase motivation and commitment, foster teamwork and collaboration and learn how to connect with kids by simply asking questions.

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