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Laugh More with Team Giggle On 2013!


Yes, you!

Team Giggle On is baaaaaaack!

Join me on Sunday, October 27, 2013 and get your Giggle On for the Mental Health Association of Delaware!

My mission is laughter and laughter ALWAYS finds a way!

By the way, today, October 10, 2013, is World Mental Health Day, and it is the perfect time to raise awareness about mental health.

Why I Support MHA’s E-Racing the Blues event

I support the MHA because I believe in the importance of raising awareness about depression, mental illness and suicide. Every life matters. Everyone deserves the chance to live and to live well.

I am also very thankful for the opportunity to attend a recent ASIST suicide prevention training provided by the MHA. Within 48 hours of the training, I was using what I learned on a Skype call with someone in need of help. Thanks MHA, specifically: Laurie, Ali, Jennifer, Emily, Jim & Roberta!

I understand the important exercise plays in mental health from my own personal experience and from medical research. Walking, running, swimming, weight lifting, yoga and laughter have a real and significant positive impact on mood.

  • How many times have you felt better after a great workout?
  • How does your mood change with or without exercise?
  • Are you looking for ways to boost your endorphins and lower your cortisol naturally?
  • Want more energy? Better sleep?

I am also very thankful to the MHA for for the opportunity to attend a recent ASIST suicide prevention training class. Within 48 hours of the training, I was using what I learned on a Skype call with someone in need of help. Thanks MHA, specifically: Laurie, Ali, Jennifer, Emily, Jim & Roberta!

Get your Exercise On!

Reference: Exercise: 7 benefits of regular physical activity, Mayo Clinic

Let’s show Wilmington how Team Giggle On rocks the E-Racing the Blues event!

Register for the Team

Click right here to be redirected to our team sign up page.

Look for this drop-down box at the bottom of the registration page:TeamName-GiggleOn



 Drop that baby down and choose Giggle On. Then click the Continue button to proceed with your registration. The first 30 registered team members will be given a “Stress Less, Laugh More” shirt.stress-less-t-shirt

So, get to clickin’ and register!

If you are unable to participate in the 5K walk/run or the 10K, but would like to make a donation to support the Mental Health Association, please click here and unload the contents of your bank account. *giggle* We appreciate anything you can do!

Date & Time

This year I’ll be leading the 5K Laughter Warm-Up at 9:00 am. You read that right: I will be conducting a 10-minute laughter warm-up session that will prepare 5K participants’ bodies and minds for the race while teaching them how to laugh unconditionally in order to improve their mental, physical and emotional health.

Team Giggle On 2013 will hit Dravo Plaza on the Wilmington Riverfront this October 27th at 8:30 am and WE NEED YOU to make this event memorable whether you run/walk or not! Come out and help me show the participants how to warm up by getting their Giggle On!

We need YOU to help E-Race the Blues!


This year’s team is dedicated to anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide especially all my SOS friends (SOS is an acronym for Survivor of Suicide), people like Kelli, Jayla, Annie, Shawn, Dawn, Patti, Kim, Erica, Dempsey and especially friends and family of the Two Jims,  James Karl Thompson & Jim Ed Sims.

Directions to Dravo Plaza in Wilmington, DE

Dravo Plaza is near Frawley Stadium where the Blue Rocks play.  Get directions here.


In previous years, we wore silly hats and clown noses to rev up the fun and playfulness. If you have gear from prior years, by all means wear it, but don’t feel compelled. We’ll love you, take you and laugh with you no matter what you wear. Just PLEASE make sure you come clothed. Nobody but your momma wants to see your birthday suit. Capiche?

Gift of Laughter


No matter what your budget is for presents this season, keep the Gift of Laughter at the top of your list.

Everyone Loves Laughter

“Show me one person who doesn’t like to laugh and I’ll show you a person with a toe tag” – Julia Roberts

Laughter fuels our souls, enriches our spirit and nourishes our bodies.

Laughter is calorie-free, fat-free & tax-free. If you happen to know the art of Laughter Yoga (and each one of you reading this does, you’re just out of practice), you can give the gift of laughter FREE-FREE. I’m talking no money down, no interest, no points and no closing costs!  *schwing batta batta*


  • Stimulates deep breathing;
  • Reduces the levels of stress hormones epinephrine and cortisol;
  • Increases brain endorphins and serotonin that act as mood enhancers and natural pain-killers;
  • Improves lung capacity & oxygen levels to the blood & circulation of both the cardiovascular & lymphatic system;
  • Promotes better sleep;
  • Internally massages the digestive tract promoting better digestion;
  • Provides a safe aerobic workout. The heart rate increase in 1 minute of hearty laughter is equal to 10 minutes of rowing or jogging;
  • Exercises facial and abdominal muscles;
  • Boosts the immune system by increasing levels of anti-viral and anti-infection cells;
  • Boosts self-confidence, creativity and improves communication skills.

FREE Ways to Give the Gift of Laughter

If money is tight, consider these FREE ways to share laughter.

1)   Just Laugh   

Just Laugh is a simple Laughter Yoga exercise. Most kids already know “Just Laugh” laughter. All you need to do is make eye contact with someone, smile and start laughing. Sure, you might feel like a smacked ass once you start. For control freaks (many adults), the act of play laughing is a foreign concept.

The idea behind Laughter Yoga is really quite simple.  All you have to do is: FAKE IT UNTIL YOU MAKE IT!

Try it.

Go ahead.

I’m daring you. No, I double dog dare you.

Find a person. Make eye contact. SMILE. Start to laugh.

97.5% of the time, people will laugh with you.  As for the other 2.5%, check for toe tags. They’re probably dead.

In case you ever run out of gift ideas, here’s a little tip: give me your laugh. Whether it’s mischievous, tender, loud, or quiet, simply give me a laugh from your heart. Your laughter brings me never-ending joy.  – Helmut Walch

2)   Play

Using our imagination and creativity is the cornerstone of play. Playing brings more joy into our life. It helps us feel better about ourselves and our world. In my opinion, the best thing about playing is that it often fosters laughter, and in my book, laughter is always FUN!

Those who play rarely become brittle in the face of stress or lose the healing capacity for humor. – Stuart Brown, MD, Contemporary American psychiatrist

Instead of purchasing a gift, why not make a play date instead?  Create your own coupon and offer the recipient one, two, three (or more) hours of play with you?

Play a board game together, grab a ball, shoot some hoops, draw your own hopscotch board, jump around, have a scavenger hunt outdoors, watch a comedy on tv, take up a new hobby together, grab a kazoo, dance, surf, construct a spit ball range (it’s an option) and if none of those ideas float your boat, check out more tips to have fun HERE.

As a Christian, I am accustomed to saying “Merry Christmas” but for those of you who don’t celebrate Christmas, I wish you all Happy Holidays, Merry Festivus, Happy Hanukkah and a Hearty Ho Ho Ha Ha Ha!

Best wishes,

Christa & Rosie

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Santa Dashboard huddle

Santa is calling the Dashboard huddle. Hut, Hut, Hut!

Please welcome Santa as the new middle linebacker for my truck.  Yesterday he became the new team captain for a special Christmas huddle on the dashboard of my Toyota Tacoma.

In addition to giggly interior holiday decor, I decided to spice up the holiday with some fun Christmas spirit in my vehicle.

Read On!

Yesterday I had to make a long drive (an hour and a half) to attend a business meeting down state. I got myself all gussied up in my red cowgirl boots, dark wash Lucky jeans, new Anne Taylor Loft coat (purchased on sale) and my purple and red Om Scarf (a gift from my girl Stace).

Got gratitude?

I am not a clothes horse by any means but I am VERY thankful for the things that make me look good and feel good…especially these boots! Ohhhhhhhhhh, purty.

I purchased these lovely specimens in Austin, Texas this past August at a famous store called Allens. I bought red because I wanted to strengthen my root chakra, feel more grounded (thus boots) and bring more passion into my life. So far, so good! ;-)  I recall buying the boots from a handsome young man named Tyler…if I was only 10 years younger….ahhhh – thanks again Tyler. I love these babies!

Gratitude is an important part of daily living. The more I give thanks, the better things get.

When you are grateful fear disappears and abundance appears ~ Anthony Robbins

Yo, where’s the giggle at?

As I prepared to hop in the truck and jimmy-jam down to the middle of the state, I stopped dead in my tracks.

Something was wrong, very wrong.

There’s NO way I was going to drive straight through to Brazil without some special giggle device close at hand. I wasn’t in the mood to bring the Yodeling Pickle, the kazoo or a clown nose. Just not feeling it.

Fun. While. Driving. Is. MANDATORY. Period.

There are two main rules in life:

1) There’s always room for Jell-O

2) There’s always room for FUN!

Live it, Love it, Learn it! – Carrie Bradshaw, SATC

Enter stage left: Santa and baby Rudolph

I grabbed my Christmas friends from the shadow of Chambord Jesus and dashed to my truck to make the “formal” introductions.

DBJ and DBB (Dashboard Jesus and Dashboard Buddha) were VERY excited to meet new friends. Jesus was absolutely beside himself with happiness to see Santa (aren’t we all). They all started to huddle up immediately with Santa holding court smack dab in the middle.

Hut 1 for Jesus

Hut 2 for Santa and Rudolph

Hut 3 for Buddha!

As much as Jesus’ was thrilled to be side-by-side with Santa, his joy was soon surpassed when “Relax” by Frankie Goes to Hollywood started blasting out of my truck’s audio system (it’s not really a “system” *cough* it’s just the standard radio that came with the 1998 Toyota Tacoma).

Frankie Goes to Hollywood ALWAYS gets my booty moving!  Laser ba-eems.

Stress Reduction

The move to bring fun props on my trip was a conscious decision to increase the fun quotient and decrease stress. I don’t like driving much and with impending snow, I knew it was going to be a long day in the truck. In all seriousness, I’m glad I planned fun into my ride because the roads were slippery, traffic was horrible and the ride back home took twice as long as anticipated.  My ride yesterday was a great example of creating a Giggle On moment in the face of stress. Laughter IS the antidote for stress. Just sayin’…

Thanks YogaDawg

My Dashboard Christmas ornament was featured over at the YogaDawg site today as part of their YogaDawg Holiday Gift Guide 2010.  Thanks Dawg!!

DBJ and DBB (Dashboard Jesus and Dashboard Buddha Monk) may be purchased from my friends at Archie McPhee.

The Santa and baby Rudolph are part of my personal Rudolph holiday play set and there’s no way I’m selling my Santa! Get your own! *laughing*

Best wishes to you all for a very giggly Christmas!

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Team Giggle On™ E-Races the Blues

Team Giggle On™ is back!

Please join Team Giggle On™ Sunday, October 25, 2009 for the E-Racing the Blues Event benefiting the Mental Health Association in Delaware.

Update: November 13, 2009. The Team Captains Luncheon was help today and thanks to the 74 registered participants on our team we were recognized by E-Racing the Blues Chairwoman Jane Castle for having the largest team in the 2009. We also were congratulated for raising over $3,000 for the organization. Thank you to everyone who joined us in spreading the laughter and raising awareness.

We had so much fun (even me in my wheelchair). Enjoy the photos below.

Top 10 Reasons to Join Team Giggle On™:

    1. Eliminating the stigma associated with mental illness and suicide is a great cause!
    2. Walking & exercise help to relieve symptoms of depression, reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol, release tension in muscles and positively affects the same neurotransmitters that antidepressant medications target.
    3. Because you believe in the healing power of laughter and playfulness and want to help me get out “The Giggle“.
    4. There will be Laughter Yoga.
    5. Because ya’ll keep askin’ me how you can contribute to the Giggle On mission – this is your chance.
    6. I am giving away clown noses, kazoos and tiny bubbles.

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  1. Because I can NOT eliminate CGDS (Chronic Giggle Deficiency Syndrome) alone. Well…you shouldn’t LET me.
  2. You’ll hav e a chance to win the Giggle On™ Basket of Playfulness
  3. It’s going to be fun! :-)
  4. We are raffling off some great fitness gifts (see below for details)!

Let’s get our Giggle On™ together this October 25th.

Sign up today folks – I NEED YOU!

Register HERE

E-Racing the Blues

Mental Health Statistics

According to the NIMH, “an estimated 26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older — about one in four adults — suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year.”

  • In 2008, 90 Delawareans died by suicide. Source: Suicide Survivors Link
  • Over 33,000 people in the United States die by suicide every year.
  • 90% of all people who die by suicide have a diagnosable psychiatric disorder at the time of their death.
  • Every day, approximately 90 Americans take their own life, and 2,300 more attempt to do so.
  • Over 60 percent of all people who die by suicide suffer from major depression. If one includes alcoholics who are depressed, this figure rises to over 75 percent.  Source: AFSP

Depression is treatable! Don’t suffer in silence. Help is available.



Kelli Karlton and Christa ScaliesYour Team Captains

Team Giggle On is led by  Christa Scalies and Kelli Pedrick Karlton.

Kelli walks in memory of her dad, John Pedrick and I walk in memory of Jim Thompson. Both of these men died by suicide and we miss them a lot.

Kelli and also I  co-facilitate a peer-to-peer support group for Survivors of Suicide Loss twice a month in Hockessin, Delaware. If you have a question about the group, please contact Kelli or email me at christa (at) giggleon (dot) com.

Register HERE to join the grooviest and most giggly team the Mental Health Association in Delaware has EVER seen  – Giggle On!

If you cannot participate, make a donation, p-u-lease. You’ll earn Giggle Karma points, I promise! Kelli and I understand times are tight financially, really we do, but your donation of $25, $50, $100 or more would help a lot. Thank you. :-)

Raffle Items

Please bring your checkbook or cash for the great Giggle On raffle. Tickets will be sold for $2 a piece or 3 for $5. You’ll have the chance to win the following items donated by Delaware businesses:


One lucky Giggle On Team member will win the Giggle On basket of Playfulness. All you need to do is enter your name in a drawing before the walk and I’ll draw the name of the lucky winner after we complete the 5K.

Directions to Dravo Plaza in Wilmington, DE

Dravo Plaza is near Frawley Stadium where the Blue Rocks play. Use this link for directions


The event is held rain or shine so please dress appropriately.

If you have a Giggle On shirt, hat or sweatshirt, please wear it to show support for the team. Proceeds from the sale of Giggle On items are donated to charity. To purchase, visit the Giggle On Store at Café Press or see the fun girlie items at


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Related posts:

One Life Lost and One Life Saved

Christa’s Story from the News Journal

Walk to Beat Depression and Suicide

Have Fun: Tips to bring playfulness into your life

Bob Downing: Giggle On Spotlight

Wilmington’s Out of the Darkness Walk, photo essay

Reflections on World Suicide Prevention Day

Walking for MS, Walking for Kathy

Survivor Q & A: Kelli Karlton

Is it Depression or lost Mojo?