Let’s Kiss AATH!

9 Apr

 

I have seen what a laugh can do. It can transform almost unbearable tears into something bearable, even hopeful. — Bob Hope

AATH

Joel L. Schwartz, M.D. The Stress Less Shrink

 

Before you look down your nose on a clown nose…

It’s important to realize that therapeutic humor is a valuable tool to help others.

Think of those who battle cancer and chronic illness, nurse patients with spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injury, comfort the dying, care for a parent with Alzheimer’s, cope with the death of a son in a car accident, deal with the legacy of alcoholic parents, struggle with the aftermath of rape, miscarriages, teenage suicide.  ARRGH!   Unfortunately, “Pain and Suffering” is a reality show playing in all of our neighborhoods.

Hard to believe, but I’m told some people stress out over a lost earring (not me!) or a missed plane (never!) or (God forbid!) a lousy internet connection. (Can you hear me? Is this working?)

YOU too can experience the transformative power of humor.

AATH is The Association for Applied & Therapeutic Humor – It is THE home for humor and laughter professionals. Please check them out!

I support AATH – YOU can, too!

AATH: The Healers

AATH

 

 

This clown car runs on LOVE & LAUGHTER!

Joel L. Schwartz, M.D. The Stress Less Shrink

Allen Klein Mr. Jollytologist

Judy Carter Motivational & Health Speaker

 

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14 Responses to “Let’s Kiss AATH!”

  1. Giggles April 9, 2013 at 9:37 am #

    Barb – what a great and concise reminiscence of the past weekend.
    You’ve created a sensitive message and I am sure the other AATH folks will be just as thankful, as I am. So glad you attended.

  2. Karyn Buxman April 9, 2013 at 9:42 am #

    Barb:
    It was great having you share your energy and humor with our AATH family. This little organization has changed so many lives! We are passionate about our mission to be the community for those who want to study, practice and promote healthy humor. And for those who REALLY want to advance their knowledge, we have a 3 year immersion program called the Humor Academy (more info on the AATH.org website). Thanks for helping to spread the word! We hope to see you next year in Vincennes, IN (the home of Red Skelton!).
    Let me know how I/we can continue to be a resource for you and your readers. You rock!
    Yours in laughter!
    Karyn Buxman
    AATH Past Prez 2009-2011

  3. Mary Kay Morrison April 9, 2013 at 11:43 am #

    Barb;
    Just thrilled that you are in the Humor Academy and part of the AATH family. Great article!! I want to make sure the others in our HA have access to your expertise in social media including me! So looking forward to your being an integral part of our organization!

    Thanks for this great article……keep posting and do copy me so we can share AATH, HA and your amazing humor being with the world!

  4. Cathy Turney April 9, 2013 at 2:59 pm #

    Barb, I am delighted to know of this group! THANK YOU! It amazes me that the comics are a destination spot in most newspapers, yet they hardly ever publish humor writing – or dedicate columns to it. This world needs humor now more than ever.

  5. Barb Best April 10, 2013 at 9:44 pm #

    Thank you for the thoughtful comments. Here’s to healthy humor and laughter!

  6. Lisa Tognola April 11, 2013 at 3:39 am #

    Very cool. I’m all for clowning around in the name of helping others. 🙂

  7. Jen April 11, 2013 at 3:54 am #

    Sounds like a terrific group! I’m going to share the link in our Very Funny Women’s group.

  8. Gail M Baugniet April 15, 2013 at 11:01 am #

    Terrific post. I agree that laughter is the best medicine. My blood pressure went up and my doctor wanted to put me on medication after I spent several weeks obsessing over a ongoing and irritating incident. I finally wrote myself a note: Counter the anger with Aloha, Smile Aloha … My blood pressure dropped back to normal and I smile … a lot!

    Number 7 on my daily to-do list is “Laugh”.

    • Barb Best April 15, 2013 at 12:29 pm #

      Great story, Gail. Glad your blood pressure is down. “Laugh” needs to be on everyone’s daily list! Aloha, Smile Aloha!

  9. Lois Creamer April 15, 2013 at 8:44 pm #

    Barb: long time reader, first time commenter! Great post on AATH. Anyone who is serious about humor (?) should check out this dynamic group! Two of my long- time pals are in the AATH hall of fame. Karen Buxman and Kathy Passanisi. Both joyfully promote this organization and what it has done for them.

    • Barb Best April 15, 2013 at 9:05 pm #

      I’m thrilled you stopped by, Lois! Karen Buxman and Kathy Passanisi are terrific speakers! Let’s hope more people support AATH.

    • mary kay morrison April 20, 2013 at 4:35 am #

      Hi Lois;
      What fun to read your comment here. Would love to have you join us for an AATH conference! Always enjoy your articles and posts!

  10. Joanne April 18, 2013 at 10:41 am #

    AATH is a wonderful organization. I’ve been following their work for years and finally joined as an official member. I work with adolescents and use humor a lot to help them and their families keep a healthy perspective during difficult times.

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