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.
Klein is the author of Quotations to Cheer You Up When the World is Getting You Down (Wings 1994) and The Healing Power of Humor (Tarcher 1989).
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
Program Number: 2534 Host: Michael Toms Interview Date: 6/19/1995