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How We Use Drugs and Alcohol to Increase Play and Laughter

How We Use Drugs and Alcohol to Increase Play and Laughter

| August 25, 2016

How do drugs and alcohol influence play and laughter, and where do group dynamics come into play? By Vic LeBouthillier “Substance use can temporarily reduce inhibitions and increase laughter and playfulness, but can carry a high risk of negative consequences. This presents a challenge in balancing healthy outlets of play and laughter with potentially unhealthy […]

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Why Do Adults Play and Laugh Less as They Get Older?

Why Do Adults Play and Laugh Less as They Get Older?

| August 23, 2016

What might be holding you back from more play and laughter? By Vic LeBouthillier “While adults need activities that revolve around pleasure beyond just competitive play, researchers in this field speculate that as we grow into adolescents and adults, our focus on play decreases due to a number of factors.” Experts in social and behavioral […]

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The Importance and Benefits of Play and Laughter

The Importance and Benefits of Play and Laughter

| August 18, 2016

Is there enough play and laughter in your adult life? By Vic LeBouthillier “Laughter and play are common among all mammals from infancy all the way through adulthood, and are an important part of integrating and connecting our mental, emotional, and physical states.” Laughter and play have important roles, not only in childhood development and […]

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How Rejuvenation Increases Our Ability to Tolerate the Hard Stuff

How Rejuvenation Increases Our Ability to Tolerate the Hard Stuff

| August 11, 2016

Rejuvenation Techniques to Calm the Mind and Relieve Stress By Vic Lebouthillier “By engaging in some practical, simple-to-do behaviors, we can reduce the rate at which our resource pool drains. We can also quickly and easily rejuvenate – and even increase – our resource supply.” Each day when we wake up, we begin to take […]

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How Do Your Desires Impact Your Stress?

How Do Your Desires Impact Your Stress?

| August 9, 2016

Reduce your stressors by managing your desires “When we acknowledge that we hold unreasonable desires – ones that can’t be fulfilled – a powerful secret is revealed. By identifying these unmet desires that act as stressors in our lives, we can take steps toward changing them into realistic goals and desires that can be met.” […]

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De-Escalation Techniques to Reduce Unhealthy Stress Levels

De-Escalation Techniques to Reduce Unhealthy Stress Levels

| August 4, 2016

Ways to Maintain a Healthy Stress Zone “It is important to become sensitive to when you are moving out of a regulated state of calmness or stress. By becoming aware of changes in your stress levels, you will be able to begin using de-escalation techniques as soon as you find yourself moving into an Unhealthy […]

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Why Do Adults Play and Laugh Less as They Get Older?

Why Do Adults Play and Laugh Less as They Get Older?

| August 2, 2016

What might be holding you back from more play and laughter? “While adults need activities that revolve around pleasure beyond just competitive play, researchers in this field speculate that as we grow into adolescents and adults, our focus on play decreases due to a number of factors.” Experts in social and behavioral research have formed […]

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Healthy Stress vs. Unhealthy Stress

Healthy Stress vs. Unhealthy Stress

| August 2, 2016

How are these two different types of stress affecting your life? “Stress can be a motivator or it can be reason for a breakdown; this is the difference between healthy and unhealthy stress. While a reasonable amount of healthy stress helps with personal growth, too much unhealthy stress can be enough to really break you […]

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Remove Unhealthy Stress From Your Life and See Positive Changes

Remove Unhealthy Stress From Your Life and See Positive Changes

| July 28, 2016

The physical and emotional benefits of eliminating stress from your life. “Resilient programs help you learn how to handle stress. Less stress can result in fewer headaches, better focus and concentration, decreased anxiety and more!” Think about how your life would be better if you were less stressed. Check the boxes of the items you […]

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