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With threats of terrorist attacks and talks of an impending war, stress levels are shooting through the roof. Could laughter hold the key to calming our anxieties?

Bethesda, MD – In the country’s present state of uncertainty, people feel their apprehension rise as their anxiety levels shoot through the roof. With threats of terrorist attacks and talks of an impending war, we are being forced to take life too seriously, leaving out one very important element – humor.

According to Humor Therapist Jacki Kwan, humor is detrimental to our health and could be the key to lowering our stress levels. “Because laughter is a pleasurable experience, it helps us to momentarily release feelings of anger and fear,” says Kwan. “When we laugh, we feel lighthearted, carefree, and hopeful. These emotions help us gain a new perspective on the challenge we’re facing and enable us to feel in control of the situation. If we can force a good hearty laugh, we can force ourselves to have a more positive outlook.”

Kwan goes on to say that humor and laughter affect how we perceive events around us and how we react to change. “The fact is that we each have a choice for how we deal with stressful life events, whether they be due to illness, work, relationships, or a change in our environment. The event itself is neutral – it is neither good nor bad. Our reaction to the event is what determines whether we perceive it as a positive or negative experience.”

Jacki Kwan is a Licensed Certified Social Worker at the Clinical Level, a Master Practitioner of Neuro-linguistic Programming, a Registered Laughter Leader with the World Laugher Tour™, and a Therapeutic Clown. She is the creator of HA!HA!LOGY®, a multi-faceted therapeutic humor program for healthcare facilities, and leads Laughter Club sessions at nursing homes and assisted living facilities in the Washington, DC area. Jacki has been presenting workshops on humor and health since 1994.

You can learn more about the positive effects of humor in Jacki Kwan’s book, Almost Home: Embracing The Magical Connection Between Positive Humor & Spirituality (Cameo Publications, $14.99, ISBN 0-9715739-1-3). If you are interested in reviewing Almost Home or inviting Jacki Kwan to be a guest on your radio/television program, please contact Paula Duncan at 1-866-372-2636 or send an email to marketing@cameopublications.com

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