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LaughterDrive

This is simply about laughing. The elation you feel when you laugh is a great way of combating the physical effects of stress. When we laugh, our body relaxes and endorphins (natural painkillers) are released into the blood stream.

A laughter therapist’s aim is to help you laugh more easily. Therapy is available in group or individual sessions – these start with a warm-up followed by a range of activities designed to get you giggling. Laughter doesn’t come easily to everyone, but luckily the body can’t actually distinguish between real and fake laughter. So faking it has the same beneficial effect.

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CoachDrive

CoachDrive is all about mixing with others, getting support, joining a club or looking for like minded people. Laughter/comedy  clubs are places whereby you can go with other people who also want to enjoy a good laugh.

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They say that laughter is “the best medicine,” and as it turns out, there is some scientific truth to this assertion. Humor-associated laughter has numerous health benefits, so here are 11 reasons you should laugh it up.

Stress relief from laughter? It’s no joke

When it comes to relieving stress, more giggles and guffaws are just what the doctor ordered. Here’s why.

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Whether you’re guffawing at a sitcom on TV or quietly giggling at a newspaper cartoon, laughing does you good. Laughter is a great form of stress relief, and that’s no joke.

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Observational comedy is right under our noses

With comedy, you not only laugh but you also gain understanding in a unique way. Comedy has a setup and then a punch line. The setup moves the audience in one direction-toward what is expected.
The punch line occurs when you change direction and take the audience to the unexpected. This same process can be applied to life. Comedian Michael Jr. shows how to take your life’s setups and then change direction in a way that brings fulfillment, revelation, and joy not only to you but also to those around you. Once in a generation, a comedian comes along who speaks to everyone.
Today, that comedian is known simply as Michael Jr. Watch him onstage and you’ll see a man at ease…with himself, his audience, and his message. Listen to his voice and you’ll detect a comfortable, conversational style that hides a sly sense of mischief.
Hear his words and you’ll laugh at the universal themes that connect us all. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

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Questionnaire

In order for you to assess what you know about this health area, we suggest using a questionnaire. This might help you understand your situation in this area, or taking it might improve your understanding of the area.

You may be able to take this questionnaire online – either here on our site or on an external site – or download it and complete it on paper – it depends on copyright (and whether we’ve managed to build it on our site!).

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You can take a questionnaire on our site. This will score the questions automatically and give you a summary showing what your score means.

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Our Questionnaire

A quick and simple 11 question questionnaire which might give you some information on laughter.

Welcome to your Borderline Personality Disorder Questionnaire  This is a quick nine question test - no real scoring here - if you answer True to any question you need to consider whether you need help.

This Borderline Personality Disorder Test (BPD test) can help determine whether you might have the symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). Use the results to decide if you need to see a doctor or other mental health professional to further discuss diagnosis and treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder.   This questionnaire is NOT a diagnostic tool - mental health disorders can only be diagnosed by a mental health practitioner.

If you're taking this on behalf of someone else, try and answer as you believe they would. Ideally you'd get them to take the questionnaire.

Please note we do not store any answers to this questionnaire - what you note on your action plan is up to you.

The questions below relate to life experiences common among people who have borderline personality disorder. Please read each question carefully, and indicate how often you have experienced the same or similar challenges in the past few weeks.

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My relationships are very intense, unstable, and alternate between the extremes of over idealizing and undervaluing people who are important to me.

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My emotions change very quickly, and I experience intense episodes of sadness, irritability, and anxiety or panic attacks.

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My level of anger is often inappropriate, intense and difficult to control.

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Now, or in the past, when upset, I have engaged in recurrent suicidal behaviors, gestures, threats, or self-injurious behavior such as cutting, burning or hitting myself.

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I have a significant and persistently unstable image or sense of my self, or of who I am or what I truly believe in.

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I have very suspicious ideas, and am even paranoid (falsely believe that others are plotting to cause me harm) at times; or I experience episodes under stress when I feel that I, other people or the situation is somewhat unreal.

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I engage in two or more self-damaging acts such as excessive spending, unsafe and inappropriate sexual conduct, substance abuse, reckless driving, and binge eating.

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I engage in frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment by people who are close to me.

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I suffer from chronic feelings of emptiness and boredom.

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A Butterfly Life: 4 Keys to More Happiness, Better Health and Letting Your True Self Shine

Times of change can be a challenge, no doubt! Whether it’s a relationship breakup, job loss, or being diagnosed with a serious health issue. Or you may WANT things to be different, but it feels a little scary or overwhelming. The butterfly reminds us change can be beautiful, even necessary, in order to realize our full potential and live our best life.