Laughter Is The Best Medicine!

Everybody knows that laughter feels good. But did you know it is a great workout for your muscles and releases a lot of stress relieving hormones? Laughter is an infectious antidote to stress, pain and conflict, it even has the power to fight illness. And that’s no joke! Several studies have shown the wide-ranging health benefits of laughter from burning calories to boosting memory.

Actor, singer, playwright and teacher, Laura Teasdale learned that the funniest moments are the ones we share among family and friends. As part of her Performing Arts degree, Laura studied comedy, from Aristophanes to clown to British Farce. The long-time member of comedy improv and clown troupes also studied laughter with the great Canadian Laughologist, Albert Nerenberg.

Laura will share simple ways to bring more laughter into our lives so we can take advantage of all the rewards it brings, at the next Food for Thought learning luncheon, this Friday, June 3. Join us for lunch at our usual location in Magog and leave with a smile on your face.

Information on this and other events hosted by Townshippers’ and our partners, can always be found on the Association’s community calendar located at Our events are also regularly posted on our Facebook page: Not online? Contact Townshippers’ head office for details, call 819-566-5717 or toll free: 1-866-566-5717.

Ask An Expert: DNR And Palliative Care

When life-threatening illnesses progress to a point that medical treatments won’t work anymore, end-of-life care, or palliative care, may be an option you and your family wish to investigate. Palliative care aims at improving the quality of life of those who are terminally ill by setting up a system of support services.

End-of-life care can be a sensitive topic for some and although a difficult discussion, clarifying your wishes about your level of care as well as common issues such as a do-not-resuscitate order (DNR), can ease the burden on your loved ones during times of stress.

Looking for more information on this topic? Join Townshippers’ Association and the Richmond and Region Community Learning Centre (CLC) for an interactive expert-led videoconference on Wednesday, June 8.

Guided by psychotherapist and palliative care nurse, Sue Britton, this free activity will include further discussion and information on the definition of hospice care, what it means when the patient has requested to not be resuscitated (DNR), and will provide information about support and services.

A member of the McGill Council of Palliative Care and a pioneer in the field, Sue frequently shares her 41 years of experience with community groups on many topics related to end-of-life care. you will have the opportunity to ask questions during her presentation, which starts at 10 am at the Richmond and Region CLC, located at the Richmond Regional High School.

These videoconferences are a CHSSN initiative funded by Health Canada, through the Roadmap for Canada’s Official Languages 2013-2018: Education, Immigration, Communities.  The next event will focus on Self-Esteem & Aging on September 28. For further details about these health videoconferences, please contact Debbie Bishop at Townshippers’ Association in Sherbrooke, 819 566-5717, [email protected], or visit

For more information on Townshippers’ Association and our activities, keep reading this weekly Keeping in Touch column in The Record and visit us on Twitter @Townshippers, Facebook and our website Connect with Townshippers’ offices in Sherbrooke at 100 – 257 Queen St. 819-566-5717, toll free: 1-866-566-5717 or Lac-Brome at 3-584 Knowlton Rd, 450-242-4421, toll free: 1-877-242-4421.

Published: Keeping in Touch column, Sherbrooke Record, Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Photo Credit: Courtesy Laura Teasdale

Photo Caption: Laughter is part of Laura Teasdale’s profession but its also strong medicine for mind and body. The actor will share tips on how to get your daily does at the Food for Thought lunch, this Friday in Magog.