Loretta LaRoche

Humorist, Harvard Medical School stress expert, and host of popular PBS special "Humor Your Stress"


Healthcare, Humor, Stress, Wellness, Women's Health

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Loretta is an international stress management and humor consultant whose wit, and irreverent humor, has, for over 30 years raised the humor potential in all of us. She is a member of faculty at the Mind/Body Medical Institute in Boston and is on the council for the Mass General Center for Anxiety and Depression.  She was recently awarded the National Humor Treasure Award.  Loretta writes a weekly newspaper column called, 'Get a Life'…She is a contributing writer for Diane Magazine (Rodale Press)... She is also featured as a stress management expert on www.LLuminari.com, a community wellness website, and www.Eons.com, a website celebrating life on the flipside of age 50. 

Loretta is founder and president of The Humor Potential, Inc, a company offering programs and products for life style management. Her special brand of optimistic psychology has an incontestable positive effect on the health of all that are exposed to her. Organizations worldwide use Loretta's prescription for laughter to manage stress in the workplace and improve morale.

Loretta's energetic meeting openings, trainings and keynotes serve to improve learning skills and put a room in an enthusiastic frame of mind. Clients such as IBM, The New York Times, Fidelity Investments, Microsoft, the U.S. Dept. of Labor, and NASA, just to name a few, have used her material to defeat stress in the workplace. She is also a well-recognized TV personality on PBS and best selling author. She has had six one-woman television specials air on 80 PBS stations across the country. She has been nominated for local and prime time Emmy Awards, has appeared on CNN, ABC and NBC affiliates. She has authored 6 books, The Joy Journal, Happy Talk, Relax: You May Only Have a Few Minutes Left, Life is Not a Stress Rehearsal and, Life Is Short- Wear Your Party Pants, Squeeze the Day and her latest book Kick Up Heels Before You're Too Short to Wear Them will be out in Fall 2007.

Kick Up Your Heels Before…. You're Too Short to Wear Them
With her trademark humor and practical wisdom, Loretta LaRoche shows you how to live a long, healthy, and juicy life by mastering your body and mind—before you lose them! This event is filled with useful advice, spirituality, and (of course) loads of laughter. Live a life centered on learning, loving, and laughing. Create soul-stretching attitudes and trade old behaviors for bold behaviors—adding years to your life and “juice” to your years! Loretta provides an evening of exploration, creativity and fun. Come prepared to see a show filled with fun and discover the possibilities of a more powerful you. You'll leave revitalized, inspired, and with renewed passion for living a juicy life!

Life Is Short- Wear Your Party Pants
10 Simple Truths That Lead To An Amazing Life
Loretta will give you the tools you need to not only reduce feelings of tension, but also bring joy, passion and gusto to your life She gives you dozens or proven techniques for recognizing the ten simple truths that will lead you to an intense, happy successful life: resilience, living in the moment, optimism, acceptance, humor, creativity, moderation, responsibility, meaning and connection. As Loretta says;” Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift- that's why they call it the present.”

How to Prevent Hardening of the Attitude: Reducing Stress in the Workplace
Through hilarious anecdotes and practical exercises, LaRoche introduces the power of humor to overcome stress in everyday life. Her presentations are outrageous and irreverent, with a wit and wisdom to help audiences learn to take themselves less seriously by seeing the humor in everyday causes of stress.

The Joy of Stress: Finding the Bless in the Mess
Today, nothing is certain except stress and taxes. But, believe it or not, stress can be a positive experience. In this speech, humorist, and stress-management specialist Loretta LaRoche illustrates how to combat stressful situations with humor, wisdom, and patience.

Whine, Women and Song: The Wit & Wisdom of Womanhood
“We are women hear us roar!” Is it possible to climb the corporate ladder, pick up toys, be a domestic goddess and not lose your mind? Discover the fun in the feminine as we share the wit and wisdom of being a woman.

Parenting with Humor (Is it Possible?)
“Sit down, stop it, clean your room, don't use my good scissors!” Sound familiar? Can we raise a responsible human being using optimism, joy and good humor without resorting to awfulizing and catastrophizing? Explore the possibilities of having a family that laughs and supports each other.

Love, Laughter & Lasagna
A Recipe for a Positive Outlook
Sick of being a “Human Doing?” Savor ways to elicit the past to reframe the present into a simpler lifestyle that honors families, friends, a sense of community and yourself.

Life Is Not A Stress Rehearsal
Bringing Yesterday's Sane Lifestyle Into Today's Insane World
For most of us life has become a pressure cooker of unrealistic expectations, information overload, relentless marketing and workaholism that we spend our days stressed out over being stressed out. Loretta makes us see the wisdom of a more civilized time when no one carried a cell phone during a peaceful walk on the beach. With her contemporary wit and a hearty dose of old-world wisdom Loretta brings a breath of fresh air for everyone who's suffocating in our techno crazed, germ-phobic, “ go-go-go” world

Authentic Happiness
It Takes Courage to be Happy
One of the most self-defeating concepts in the modern world is the pursuit of happiness. Not because it is not without merit. Since we all know that feeling good far outweighs feeling bad. It is "how" we go about it that has helped create the epidemic of self-entitlement, depression, lack of humor, and outbursts of anger that permeate the culture. We cannot buy, or demand happiness. Loretta LaRoche, a pioneer in the field of stress management using humor as a coping mechanism, now brings you her newest work... "It takes Courage to be Happy"... She brings newly discovered life-transforming answers to how we can change our lives, mentally, physically, and spiritually through a series of groundbreaking information and exercises that show the connection between happiness and human behavior...

  1. Discover how to reduce self-chatter - When unnecessary self-chatter subsides, you will become calmer, more attentive and content.
  2. Explore how to increase positive emotions in your life to counter depression. and stress..
  3. Become empowered by learning how to be authentically happy, which in turn creates a more prosperous life, better relationships, and a longer healthier life.

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