EPISODE 139 | NOVEMBER 22, 2023

How To Use Laughter As A Life Skill with Heather Tolley-Bauer

How can we find humor even in the most difficult situations? Take a listen to Heather Tolley-Bauer, stand-up comic, cancer survivor, and super mom, who offers a fresh perspective on how women can use laughter to overcome our personal challenges. She encourages us to embrace the humorous side of life, even during tough times.

Tune in as host Natalie Benamou talks about Heather Tolley-Bauer about her comedy show Laugh Lines and Stretch Marks, where women feel seen, understood, and are reminded to laugh about the small stuff so we can be ready for the big stuff. 

5 Ways to use Laughter in Your Daily Life:

  1. Use Laughter as a Coping Tool: Life can be overwhelming. Sometimes, the best thing we can do is to take a step back and find the humor in our situations. It's okay to laugh at our mistakes and missteps – it helps us process them and move forward.

  2. Laugh at the Small Stuff: We often get bogged down by minor problems and let them ruin our day. Heather suggests that we laugh at these trivial issues to preserve our energy for more significant challenges.

  3.  Share Your Funny Stories: Expressing our humorous experiences not only spreads laughter but also helps us connect with others. It makes people feel seen, understood, and less alone in their struggles.

  4. Use Humor to Normalize Difficult Topics: Heather uses her comedy to discuss difficult subjects, like her cancer journey. By doing so, she breaks down barriers and creates a safe space for open conversations.

  5. Practice Finding Humor: Just like mindfulness or gratitude, finding humor is a practice. Train your brain to look for the funny side of things. Over time, this practice can become a natural response to stress or adversity.

Inspirational quotes from Heather Tolley-Bauer's podcast episode:

“Laughter is essential. It's imperative. Being able to normalize things that keep us awake at night is something that women need.”

“It's super important to laugh at the small stuff. So you have the bandwidth for the big stuff.”


Remember, laughter is not just about amusement – it's about healing, connection, and resilience. 

Thank you Heather for being a guest on HerCsuite® Radio and helping us laugh at the small stuff especially this time of year!

Big thanks to Bobbie Carlton and Innovation Women where we met Heather Tolley-Bauer

About Heather Tolley-Bauer

Heather Tolley-Bauer is a wife, mom, cancer survivor, speaker and stand-up comic. Everything she does is with women in mind.  From her wildly popular show called Laugh-Lines & Stretch Marks to the women's conferences and moms night outs she speaks at and performs for, it's all about encouraging women one laugh at a time.

This podcast is sponsored by HerCsuite® Leadership Programs where we have expert speakers at our mastermind programs and turnkey speaker programs.


Heather’s go to place for a laugh – Noodles the Pooch

Natalie Benamou

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