Recreation and Humor Therapist Gives Tips For Humor Month
April is National Humor Month and Roberta Gold, R.T.C., creator of Laughter For The Health of It, is hoping everyone uses their “Humor Bone” and finds the humor in stressful situations. She says to share funny stories with family and friends; look for the humor all around you and laugh out loud (you won’t be laughing alone for long!). At work you should have a Humor Board or Humor Room or if space is limited, have a Humor Section of your desk where you have funny cartoons and “toys” that invoke laughter when you see them. (Make sure the humor is not offensive to others!) You have to be the role model for an attitude adjustment! Humor is the easiest way to unite people and build morale.
Roberta Gold, a Recreation and Humor Therapist, recently spoke on the uses of humor at the 17th annual conference of the Association For Applied and Therapeutic Humor, this past February 16th-19th, in Austin, Texas. Roberta’s presentation is “Too Many Hot Peppers? Use Humor to Cool the Fire and Improve Communication.”
Roberta, who lives in West Hills (Los Angeles County), is a Recreation Therapist by profession, “Humor Therapist” by choice. She has worked as a Recreation Therapist and Humor consultant for several Los Angeles-area hospitals for over twenty years.
She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Applied and Therapeutic Humor (AATH), a non-profit professional organization that advances the understanding and application of humor and laughter for their positive benefits. AATH provides and disseminates information about applied and therapeutic humor through conferences, publications and networking to a community that includes psychologists, health care workers, teachers, social workers, clergy, and others who incorporate humor in their work. Roberta has been a member of AATH since 1988. www.aath.org
Through her company, Laughter For The Health of It, Roberta presents workshops on the uses of humor to businesses, staff trainings, schools, hospitals and organizations across the United States. She is currently finishing two books on conflict resolution. She has been called to work with students and staff on conflict resolution in a number of Southern California school districts.
What is therapeutic humor?
Therapeutic humor is 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 work performance, support learning, improve health, or be used as a complementary treatment of illness to facilitate healing or coping, whether physical, emotional, cognitive, social or spiritual.
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