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How To “Learn” To “Laugh”?

This may sound ridiculous but sometimes people have to learn to laugh. Laughter is state of mind. Sometimes you have to do some effort to provoke it.

Laugh has the “ability” to “conquer” us gradually. First we slightly smile, then light “ha-ha”, then comes the moment of real relaxation, laughter tsunami strikes the negative, hit it and you start laughing like a child – unsustainable, happily and free.

How we can do this?

It is not impossible; you just have to organize “laugh-pauses” – time when you disregard from the problems of everyday life and allow yourself to laugh and be happy against all odds.
It is clear that alone just does not work to “tread” laughing by yourself, especially when you think that the worst may not be. Therefore, to raise the mood we recommend :

– Communicate with happy people and limit those who always murmur and complain.

– More often watch comedies with friends.

– If you do not get to go to the movies, invite friends home and watch comedies together.

– Visit comedy productions at the theater, watch cartoons and parodies.

– Allow yourself from time to time to be a child – to make a shot, play children’s games. Childhood always elicits warm emotions, joy and laughter, so let from time to time to be kids again. Especially if you have kids. Give them time, they run the show.

Laughing Burns Calories.

– More often laugh at yourself and others, but let your jokes are good, not with sarcasm.

– Visit sites with jokes. Humor jokes cause only laughter and good humor. Send funniest jokes to friends and colleagues, friends and loved ones, and comment on them and laugh together.

– Try new things for you – go to karaoke, play bowling with other newbies like you. It brings to our lives only positive emotions, joy, laughter and arouse interest.

– More often enjoy with nice gifts, meetings and surprises. It gives you double joy and pleasure.

And DO NOT FORGET – “Laughter is good for health.”



Relax Help Is On Hand.

An HRD panel has recommended full-time counselors and psychiatrists to help those with suicidal tendencies in colleges.

Tackling the issue of suicides has always been a matter of concern for premier technical institutes. A new finding by an HRD panel has recommended full-time counselors and psychiatrists for every institution. Colleges need to hold regular counselling sessions and encourage students to seek assistance from their team of specialists without fearing any stigma, the report said. The report looking into the problem of increasing student suicides at IITs and other centrally-funded technical institutes such as NITs, IIMs, IIITs, has found that suicidal tendency and mental health concerns are not limited to those who take the extreme step. Hundreds of students in these reputed institutes seek psychological counselling to adjust to the competitive atmosphere, and grapple with burn-out issues, homesickness and new-found independence.

To make the students feel at ease, many IITs, including IIT-Madras, had a week-long induction programme for first-year students. Even the parents were briefed about the system and how they need to motivate their children through the curriculum. “Not all students speak about their problems because counselling is still not made compulsory. What we need is a regular session of motivation, like most universities abroad have,” said D. Patil, associate professor at IIT-Bombay.

According to the report, as many as 872 students across 26 centrally-funded technical institutions (CFTIs) have taken psychological help in two years alone. Most of the damage is done in high school, according to the report, where unrealistic/inflated Board marks, social isolation, thanks to long hours of tuition classes and family pressure have already affected students even before they enter a professional institute.

Since 2008, at least 33 students across IITs have killed themselves. And it is not the IITs alone; premier private colleges under Anna University too have recorded several cases of suicides in the recent past. Institutes such as IIT Kanpur, IIT Madras, IIT Kharagpur and Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, already have counselling units, while other institutes have been asked to set up centres similar to theirs.

Academic pressure.

It is always not about academic pressure alone, said Arpit Sawhney, an alumnus of IIT Kharagpur. “If you look at the curriculum, there are fewer courses than earlier. Students are provided opportunities to recover from failure by offering summer courses. The working weeks have been reduced, so have the class hours. There are more days to prepare for exams and the number of fail grades has reduced. There are more extracurricular activities on every campus now. So, there might be multiple psychological reasons for suicides which can be different in every case.”

The Madras Guidance and Counselling Unit (GCU) at IIT-Madras offers counselling services to students on an anonymous basis, round the clock. Counselling experts talk to these students either over the phone or face to face, as preferred by the students and help them vent their frustration and problems. “Last year when the suicides took place, we started some counselling sessions for the students. But the attendance at these sessions was very poor. Students found it difficult to open up to the counsellor,” said M. Sekar, dean, College of Engineering, Guindy. Over the last few years, the university had taken severe steps to combat ragging, and one provision was also to prohibit senior students from interacting with their juniors.

Sessions by alumni.

“We realise, due to this, students do have many people to talk to. These sessions are taken by the alumni of the university, sometimes even the senior students, so that students can relate to them better,” said Professor Sekar. “We have had university rank holders who also have excelled in other fields. When they talk about how they managed their time, it really inspires the students here.” Apart from calling people who have made it big in various fields, including entrepreneurship, sports, music, arts, academia and other fields, the university invites recent pass-outs and entrepreneurs of the university to speak to these students. The sessions are in Tamil and English to put everyone at ease. In the first week, yoga classes were organised for the students. “They were taught some relaxation exercises. This period is meant for them to relax, not to think about marks or jobs. The curriculum can be rigorous for students who have just joined college, so having a compulsory period to relax can do wonders to reduce their stress levels,” Professor Sekar added.

By Vasudha Venugopal.
– The Hindu.

What are the most effective techniques to cope with stress?

Exercise can be a key, central method to compensate for stressors. Physical exercise not only promotes overall fitness, but it helps you to manage emotional stress and tension as well. Exercise can also aid in relaxation and improve sleep. For one thing, exercise can emotionally remove one temporarily from a stressful environment or situation. Being fit and healthy also increases your ability to deal with stress as it arises.

Meditation is one of the most popular techniques to achieve physical and mental relaxation. There are thousands of different types of meditation, and many can be learned on your own. The meditative state is one in which there is a deep centering and focusing upon the core of one’s being; there is a quieting of the mind, emotions, and body. The meditative state can be achieved through structured (as in a daily practice of a routine) or unstructured (for example, while being alone outdoors) activities.

Progressive muscle relaxation is a method developed in the 1930’s in which muscle groups are tightened and then relaxed in succession. This method is based upon the idea that mental relaxation will be a natural outcome of physical relaxation. Although muscle activity is involved, this technique requires no special skills or conditioning, and it can be learned by almost anyone. Progressive muscle relaxation is generally practiced for 10-20 minutes a day. As with the relaxation response, practice and patience are required for maximum benefits.

There are many forms of yoga, an ancient Indian form of exercise based upon the premise that the body and breathing are connected with the mind. One goal of yoga is to restore balance and harmony to the body and emotions through numerous postural and breathing exercises. Yoga, which means “joining” or “union” in Sanskrit, has been called the “search for the soul” and the “union between the individual and the divine.” Among the benefits of yoga are increased flexibility and capability for relaxation.