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2 Life is Tough…So Laugh Hard B. Renee Dugger, DNP, RN, GCNS-BC

3 Are humor and laughter appropriate responses in tough times?

4 What we will talk about today  Humor Aikido  Examples of humor use in tough situations  Health benefits of humor/laughter  Ways to add humor/laughter to your life

5 Humor Aikido


7 “I don’t laugh because I’m happy, I’m happy because I laugh.” (author unknown)

8 “ Waitress wanted. Must be able to swim under water.” (author unknown)

9 “House for rent. Some assembly required.” (author unknown)

10 “House for sale, ½ price” (author unknown)

11 Association of Applied and Therapeutic Humor 

12 AATH Mission  “to serve as a community of professionals who study, practice and promote healthy humor and laughter.”

13 AATH Definition of Therapeutic Humor  “any intervention that promotes health and wellness by stimulating a playful discovery, expression or appreciation of the absurdity or incongruity of life's situations. This intervention may enhance health or be used as a complementary treatment of illness to facilitate healing or coping, whether physical, emotional, cognitive, social or spiritual.”

14 Story Time…….  A beautiful example of Humor Aikido from Dr. Ann Weeks

15 Health Benefits of Humor/Laughter

16 Self Assessment  What is your humor quotient?  Do you have any of the 4 Warning Signs of Terminal Seriousness?

17 The Giggling Guru Laughter Yoga  Dr. Madan Kataria, a Physician from Mumbai, India, launched the first Laughter Club at a Park on March 13, 1995

18 Images from World Laughter Day in Mumbai, India - 5.5.2013

19 How this works….. 

20 Now it is time for us to LAUGH!

21  “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” Proverbs 17:22

22 Remember…Life is tough…so laugh hard.  THANK YOU for allowing me to share with you today!  Contact Information:;

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