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Celebrity, Tom Dreesen discovers cure for Road Rage - Written by Lea Erwin


When Jay Leno asked the star of NBC’s hit show, “My Name is Earl” if he gave the finger when he drove in L.A.’s horrific traffic Jason Lee quipped, “It’s how we stay connected in L.A"

Lee should take a lead from comedian/actor Tom Dreesen who says he has found the cure for road rage.

“When I get stuck in traffic I play a CD of contagious laughter called ’Laugh It Off’,” said Dreesen, who is chronicling his life story in a Broadway-bound play called, ‘Shining Shoes and Sinatra.” Dreesen says, “I have ’Laugh It Off’ on my CD changer and I found it to be the cure for road rage. It also helps our youth as the CD is a fundraising product for Hey U.G.L.Y., the nonprofit organization dedicated to helping teens counter challenges such as eating disorders, bullying, violence, substance abuse and suicide.”

Millions of American are under stress and when they get behind the wheel they cannot get through the day without experiencing some sort of road rage. In fact sixty-six percent of people surveyed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration feel that unsafe driving is a major threat to them and their families.

“Laughter is one of the most effective ways to reduce stress,” according to Dr. Andrew Weil.

Why did the charity choose to make a CD of contagious laughter? “We know the healing powers of laughter and how it can relieve stress,” said Betty Hoeffner, the nonprofit’s president.“Today teens are under tremendous stress and we wanted our CD to be a tool to help them de-stress and lighten up.”

According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry - Some teens become overloaded with stress. When it happens, inadequately managed stress can lead to anxiety, withdrawal, aggression, physical illness, or poor coping skills such as drug and/or alcohol use.

Stress is experienced everyday either on the road or at home and providing a stress free environment of laughter might just be the “cure” everyone has been looking for. The CD is available at for $10.00.


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