How Can You Laugh at a Time Like This?. Nancy D. Losinno, LCSW, CEAP EAP Manager. Laughter is Very Good Medicine. Helps people cope & get through threatening situations;
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A positive outlook goes a long way toward reducing the risk/limit the severity of some illnesses;
A link exists between depression-obesity-diabetes;
Caveat: Cancer patients should not feel that they caused it, nor should they feel obligated to smile through their suffering if they don’t want to. Some cancer patients feel it was a life changing event and maintain an optimistic outlook!
Considered a kind of emotional “elasticity” that enables people to bounce back from adversity faster than people who suffer from depression;
Early parental bonds, an easygoing temperament and good intelligence give you an advantage for development E.R.;
Some negative factors may weaken the development of E.R.: violence, physical/sexual abuse, direct exposure to alcoholism and removal from the home. E.R. is strength against adversity but multiple-risks limit emotional endurance.
Teach them to help others. We know that the most resilient adults were required to help others (siblings, etc.)
Mood and outlook color many types of thinking tasks: making purchasing decisions, doing creative work, etc. Optimists don’t waste time on something that couldn’t be done. Pessimists ensnare themselves in one approach that fails.
These coping skills may be what helps them to handle stressful live events.
External EAP vendor: Magellan Behavioral Health, accessible 24/7 at 1-800-327-2182 or www.magellanhealth.com/member
You and your household members are covered for 1 to 5 free visits with a community based therapist per person/per problem/per year. Call the 800 number for a referral or visit the BNL EAP office for information about providers who are accepting new referrals.