You Just Gotta Laugh!

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, October 1st, 2009

bradgrandmasmall2Laughter is indeed the best medicine.

One of my best friends and the funniest motivational speaker is Brad Montgomery. Being with Brad, it’s easy to keep up with the little kids who laugh 400 times a day.

Brad called me from a book store in the Seattle airport recently, all excited to tell me he was holding one of my books in his hand, Chicken Soup for the Grandma’s Soul.

I could hear him as he stopped total strangers to say, “I know her! She’s my pal?” I’m sure the looks on their faces were confusing when he added, “She’s right here on the phone, do you want to talk to her?”

Brad reminds me of the benefits of laughter. It releases endorphins and even boosts our immune systems. Maybe that’s the best way to ward off the flu…laugh more often with our friends, family, coworkers and Brad.

If nurses and  all healthcare workers laughed more, we wouldn’t burn out or quit. Laughter in the workplace is a great nurse retention tip.

For more tips on retaining nurses and balancing your life with laughter, contact me.

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