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by Randy Cassingham

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Accentuate the Positive
Contrary to conventional wisdom, psychologists from the University of California in Berkeley and Catholic University in Washington, D.C., say laughter is the best way to get over grief when a loved one dies. In the past, it was thought that a person had to “work through” the stages of anger, sadness and depression after a death. “It may be that focusing on the negative aspects of bereavement is not the best idea because people who distanced themselves by laughing were actually doing better years later,” one of the researchers said. “We found the more people focus on the negative, the worse off they seem later.” (UPI) ...“Either that wallpaper goes, or I do.” —Oscar Wilde’s last words.
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