Does Your Boss Make You Laugh?


Mine does and quite often.  In fact, making each other laugh is one of the things that the MHC team does best. There’s no doubt that the Power of Laughter in the Workplace makes a strong team even stronger.

Laughter is the theme of this edition of the MHC Compass, and laughter was the inspiration behind MHC President/CEO Brendan Young’s vision in creating MHC’s fundraiser, Laugh Out Loud for Mental Health. Spring is just around the corner- birds chirping, flowers in bloom, and laughter in the air.  Click the logo below for more detailed information about Laugh out Loud for Mental Health and please join us on April 16th.

Valerie Salico

Executive Director



Laughter is the Best Medicine

Humor is infectious. The sound of roaring laughter is far more contagious than any cough, sniffle, or sneeze. When laughter is shared, it binds people together and increases happiness and intimacy. Laughter also triggers healthy physical changes in the body. Humor and laughter strengthen your immune system, boost your energy, diminish pain, and protect you from the damaging effects of stress. Best of all, this priceless medicine is fun, free, and easy to use. Click here to learn about all of the benefits of humor and laughter or if you need to bring more laughter into your life.


Enjoy the Season and Avoid the Holidaze

Holidays are supposed to be fun, right? Yet they often turn into hectic instead of joyous times. Between shopping for gifts, attending parties, and planning family activities, there’s little time left to relax and enjoy the season. We find ourselves overcome by holidazeDecember_eCard_Cover_2

How often do we miss the fun because of the stress we create for ourselves? Click here for practical tips on how to minimize the stress that accompanies the holidays.

Surviving the Holiday Eating Frenzy

The holiday season is upon us, and with it all the wonderful, rich food and drink temptations that threaten to steer us off our intended course of diet or at least moderation.  Being health-conscious doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t enjoy the holiday season and have a little bit of what you fancy. It simply means that you should continue to be vigilant and be prepared for the festivities.

Weight Watchers has reported that the average American gains around 7-10 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. That’s over a pound per week.  However, the holidays don’t have to mean weight gain. The holiday battle of the bulge can be won!l610272507

So, how to steer a safe course while still enjoying those holiday meals and parties? The following article contains 12 tips to help you eat healthy for the holiday season and beyond.

MHC Out & About – Philadelphia Firefighters Health Fair

On Sunday, October 18th, MHC participated in the Health Fair for the IAFF Local 22 Philadelphia Firefighters.  The event was held at the Philadelphia Fire Museum and was part of the 2015 Fireman’s Hall Museum Fire Safety Exposition & Muster.  MHC staff were on hand to meet and talk with Local 22 members, cadets, and family members about the Employee Assistance Program services that MHC provides as well as the importance of stress management. MHC therapy dog Campbell brought her own special brand of stress relief. There were lots of wags and smiles. It was a fun day all around!

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