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David Granirer - North America's Psychotherapist/Stand-Up Comic
Volume 3, Issue 1
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IN THIS ISSUE
1. Welcome from the Publisher
3. Comedy and Depression
4. Whats Good Stories
5. An Opportunity To Help
6. Classified Ads
7. Contact Information
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1. WELCOME FROM THE PUBLISHER
My comedy nights start again on Friday January 11 at Floris Coffee Centre, 3851 E. Hastings in North Burnaby, 2 blocks east of Boundary. To reserve (604) 294-8505.
On Friday January 18, CBC TV is coming to do a piece on that nights headliner, and one of my star comedy students, 69 year old Mavis Pickett. Its a great story of how taking a risk (In her case taking my stand-up comedy course) and confronting her fears changed her life. Mavis took the course twice and is now a professional comic. One day shell probably be a star, and the great thing is she has no investment in it! So come on out and laugh with her!
If youve ever had a dream to do comedy, my 8-week Stand-Up Comedy Clinic Course at Langara College starts on the evenings of February 5 and 6. (Im running 2 sections this term, a Tues. and Wed. class). To register call Langara at (604) 323-5322. To see testimonials from people who have taken the course go to http://www.psychocomic.com/ComedyCourse.htm
2. THIS MONTH'S JOKE
To help you lighten up, Iíve decided to start every issue with a joke.
If anyone has some good clean jokes that are reasonably short, feel free
to email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Once again, some comedy just writes itself. Some of you may have seen this article in the newspaper. Here is an excerpt:
Welcome to the wonderful world of ''Non Campus Mentis,'' (Workman) a book
Of mangled moments of Western Civilization culled from actual term papers and
exams of today's ''brightest'' students by incredulous college professor
Anders Henriksson who, while grading exams, chose to laugh, rather than cry,
at his students' most egregious mistakes.
History, after all, is nothing more than ''the behind of the present,'' according to one student, who aptly added: ''This gives incites from the anals of the past.''
The once-mighty British Empire is in a ''state of recline. Its colonies have
slowly dribbled away leaving only the odd speck on the map.'' Chairman
''Moo'' has passed away, as has former President ''Franklin Eleanor
Roosavelt,'' and civil rights leader ''Martin Luther Junior'' was slain in
the 1960s, shortly after making his famous ''If I Had A Hammer'' speech.
Hitler, a depressed ''Nazi leader of a Communist Germany'' who spurred a
huge ''anti-semantic'' movement through a terrifying ''Gespacho,'' launched
''Operation Barbarella'' while the English ''vanely hoped for peas.'' The
war began turning around, though, when the ''Allies landed near Italy's
toe and gradually advanced up her leg. Hitler ultimately ''shot himself in the bonker.''
Editors note: Theres more, but youll have to buy the book!
3. COMEDY AND DEPRESSION
We keep hearing that laughter is the best medicine, and heres another example.
According to psychologist Jason Goodson of Utah University, stand-up comedy has a significant effect on depressed people. "We put together tapes of mainly stand-up comedians. They (the depressed people) watched these tapes for 30 minutes a day for four weeks," he says.
"In the beginning they had a depression score of 19, and anything above 13 is indicative of mild to moderate depression. The group as a whole dropped to 11 after watching the tapes. There was a 42 percent reduction in symptoms and that was significant."
The important thing here is that the treatment involved regular exposure to comedy, not just a one-shot deal. My sense is that watching comedy once can have a temporary effect in alleviating depression, but that after a few hours the symptoms tend to return.
Im also assuming that Dr. Goodson had the patients watch comedy as a group, which would have increased the intensity of the laughter.
The problem would be what happened once the study was over. Unless regular arrangements for continuing the comedy viewing were made, chances are strong that people would relapse. Similar studies have shown that exercise also helps reduce depression, but only when the exercise is done regularly.
So should you rely solely on laughter to make your depression go away? Only if you can plan on laughing a lot! Id say for at least 30 minutes a day, seven days a week. And even then, laughter may reduce but not eliminate the symptoms. Furthermore, setting aside 30 minutes a day to watch comedy requires commitment. Not only do you have to make the time to watch it, you also have to find lots of comedy videos and hopefully people to watch them with.
I think its more realistic to have laughter play an important role as part of a multi-faceted approach to beating depression. Other components of the strategy can involve things like anti-depressants, therapy, support groups (maybe a laughter support group!), exercise, and diet.
Laughter has for too long been under-emphasized as good medicine for depression, but its also important that it not be over-emphasized. The last thing I want to do is make people feel like theyve failed if they cant laugh their depression away.
If you would like to print one of my articles on humor in the workplace
in your newsletter free of charge, email me at email@example.com
and Iíll send you a complete summary of all the articles Iíve written.
For other free articles about laughter go to www.psychocomic.com/Articles.htm
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4. WHAT'S GOOD STORIES
It's so easy to see all the bad things around us, that sometimes we
forget about all the great things that go on. And we need to hear about
good things because that gives us hope and inspires us to go out and do
more good things.
In this section, I want to hear from you. What's happened in your life
that's good? What things have people done that inspire you to be kind to
others? What funny things have happened?
Email your short stories to me at firstname.lastname@example.org,
and if I publish yours, you get a free copy of my tape "I'm OK But YOU
Need Professional Help!"
5. AN OPPORTUNITY TO HELP
ARTISTS WITHOUT BORDERS brings psychological relief to the victims of
war in the form of art and/or entertainment. They send performers and artists
to refugee camps and zones of conflict. Theyíve been to Kosovo, East Timor,
Chechnya and more. If youíd like more information, or to help out, (Theyíre
a non-profit organization and could use donations) go to their web site
If anyone has a good cause they'd like to promote please email me at
6. CLASSIFIED ADS
Speakers: Learn how to incorporate stand-up comedy into your presentations.
Check out David's stand-up comedy skills coaching for presenters at: www.psychocomic.com/ComedyCourse.htm
7. CONTACT INFORMATION
David Granirer gives laughter in the workplace presentations helping
hundreds of organizations throughout North America reduce stress, increase
wellness, and cope with change. For more information on his presentations,
stand-up comedy, products, and articles call (604) 205-9242 or go to www.psychocomic.com
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