It may be just a mood, but when it’s bad, it’s bad! You do, however, have the power to improve that mood, and humor is still the quickest and healthiest way to do it. “Humor is all around, and it will come out of any situation,” says Allen Klein, who at one time worked with Captain Kangaroo and Jackie Gleason. After his wife’s death, he discovered that humor can help heal loss and find new freshness in life. This program is a testimony to his success, as he not only describes the health benefits of smiles and laughter but shares a wealth of marvelous, playful techniques for bringing humor into any moment of your life. Includes some wonderful audio of Michael Toms laughing.
Allen Klein is the former Director of Life and Death Transitions in San Francisco. He’s a recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor.
He’s the author of many books including:
- The Healing Power of Humor (Tarcher/Putnam 1989)
- The Courage to Laugh (Tarcher 1998)
- Learning to Laugh When You Feel Like Crying: Embracing Life After Loss (Goodman Beck Publishing 2011)
To learn more about the work of Allen Klein go to www.allenklein.com.
Topics Explored in this Dialogue:
- The healing qualities of laughter
- How to tell uplifting humor from bitter, destructive humor
- How humor helped Klein through his wife’s death
- How to establish humor kinship with someone
- Klein’s work with Jackie Gleason
- The difference between onion tears and emotion tears
- A reminder from the letters L-A-U-G-H
- The “ha-ha, ho-ho, hee-hee” method for dealing with stress
- The “smile-on-a-stick” technique for mood improvement
- Why everyone needs soap bubbles
- Props to bring humor into your life
Host: Michael Toms Interview Date: 6/19/1995 Program Number: 2534