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Loretta LaRoche

Humorist & Work-life Balance Expert


Loretta LaRoche has helped people deal with everyday stress for over thirty years. With irreverent humor and an innate sense of the absurd, Loretta helps people see how needlessly complex and stressful our lives can become. Loretta's wit, wisdom and humour is a common-sense view of life that leaves audiences inspired, motivated and roaring with laughter. Often irreverent, and always hilarious, Loretta helps people discover how thoughts, feelings and behaviors can affect work performance, relationships, success and self-worth. +

Loretta writes a weekly newspaper column called “Get a Life,” for Gateway Media and is a featured stress-management expert on She is also a member of the coaches network and, a website celebrating life on the flipside of age 50.

She is a trained mental health advocate and has worked with the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine through Harvard University. She was also on the advisory board for the Council of Anxiety and Depression at Massachusetts General Hospital and in 2004 she was presented with the Walter C. Alvarez Memorial Award for Medical Writing by the American Medical Writers Association.

Loretta is a member of faculty at the Mind/Body Medical Institute in Boston, writes a weekly newspaper column called "Get a Life," and is a contributing writer for Diane magazine. She is a well-recognized television personality on PBS and has appeared on CNN, ABC, and NBC. She has also authored eight books, The Joy Journal, Happy Talk, Relax: You May Only Have a Few Minutes Left, Life is Not a Stress Rehearsal, Life Is Short: Wear Your Party Pants, Squeeze the Day, Kick Up Heels Before You’re Too Short to Wear Them and Lighten Up! --

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  • Celebrities & Media
  • Difficult People
  • Health & Wellness
  • Humour & Variety
  • Morale Boosting
  • Motivational
  • Resiliency
  • Stress Management
  • Women of Influence
  • Work-Life Balance

Loretta LaRoche Keynote Speaker Presentations:

The Power of Humor and Optimism +

A life that is fulfilling is predicated on discovering how to use thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to enhance our mental and physical well being. Many of us go day to day hypnotized by internal dialogue that leads us down the path of negativity and unhappiness. It is often the result of parental and societal messages, but it can also be an inherited predisposition towards depression and/or anxiety. Optimism, which is a resiliency based model, can be taught. It is not the fairy tale concept of simply thinking "positive thoughts", but rather an explanatory style. When we add the ingredient of humor, our ability to handle life's inevitable ups and downs becomes more accessible. --

The WOW Factor (Wisdom, Openness, and Wonder as a benchmark for living well) +

We've all met enthusiastic, energetic people that leave us wondering what they could possibly be "on" to be the way they are. Most individuals today report fatigue and stress as a way of life. There are a myriad of causes, but the most prevalent problem is the notion that life is a constant series of tasks that need to be accomplished and expedited quickly. As a result taking care of one's health and happiness becomes secondary to making sure everything is done by the end of the day. Ironically this mentality actually drains our resources and dampens the very thing we need to have a productive life which is energy, or a feeling of "WOW". Our ability to use our wisdom, be open to new ideas and experience wonder in the everyday is exchanged for a robotic mentality based on forging ahead. When we are in a "WOW" mode relationships flourish, success is more attainable, and we tend to feel more energetic. --

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 of 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.” --

The Positive Side of Stress (Finding the Bless in this Mess) +

Join Loretta in discovering that “stressed spelled backwards is desserts.” Explore the possibilities that can help us use stress as an ally rather than the enemy. Learn to become more resilient, creative and joyful. --

How to Prevent Hardening of the Attitude (Reducing Stress in the Workplace) +

Our work literally takes up most of our lives. Therefore, it would make sense for us to choose to enjoy it. Find out how to look forward to Monday instead of enduring until Friday! Discover how thoughts, feelings, and behaviors can affect work performance, relationships and our own selfworth. --

Parenting with Humor and Optimism (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. --

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. --

How to be a Wild, Wise and Witty Woman (The Wit and 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. --

Loretta LaRoche Workshops:


Over the years Loretta LaRoche has been asked by many of her workshop participants to develop a training program to instruct them in her pioneering techniques on how to use humor as a coping mechanism for stress management. Her model incorporates years of study and experience which melds psychology, philosophy, science and her innate humor which has made her a leading expert in her field. This program can be done as a one day or a weekend.

Participants Will:

  • Explore who is on their committee. A lot of our expectations around humor begin with messages we get from parents, teachers and the culture we live in. They often inhibit our ability to laugh at ourselves and to be judgmental of others;
  • Discover the physical and mental attributes of humor and how valuable it is to our ability to heal our mind/body and spirit;
  • Learn how to understand the need to catastrophize and awfulize and their correlation to the stress response. Discover how to see the inherent humor in the majority of them;
  • Engage in exercises that allow you to become more mindful of irrational thoughts and how to reframe them through the use of paradoxical intention;
  • Become more lighthearted through the use of the inner smile and other techniques that Loretta has created with thousands of participants over the years;
  • Receive a certificate of completion certifying that you have attended this course in humor is serious business. --


Loretta demonstrates seven simple truths to a healthier, happier life. The emotional challenges of living in a high stress society are taking its toll and we are paying the price. Discover easy, practical ways to “downsize your stress, and increase your ability to live a longer more fulfilling existence. Learn to let go of the stress and the things beyond our control and let Loretta LaRoche make you laugh and contemplate all the good in your life.

Here are the 7 Simple truths in “Mind Your Stress”. Learn more at Loretta’s program.

  1. Mind your thoughts
  2. Power down
  3. Go outside
  4. Embrace stillness
  5. BE where you are
  6. Take a news fast
  7. Lighten UP!  --

Loretta LaRoche is represented by K&M Productions. For more information, fees & booking speaker & humourist Lorette LaRoche contact us.


Once you see and hear Loretta you will never forget her! Those words may be an Understatement.

–Rockland Trust Company


Once you see and hear Loretta you will never forget her! Those words may be an Understatement.

–Rockland Trust Company

Your talk opened our eyes to how beneficial humor can be to help reduce stress. Laughter was truly infectious during your presentation and many of us walked away with a more positive outlook.

–Dun & Brandstreet

No guest speaker has ever made such an impact, and a lasting impression in the hearts and minds of all as you did. Your presence has made our mission more attainable and has paved the way for change.

–Federal Aviation Administration


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