Humor as Survival Training for a Stressed-Out World

The 7 Humor Habits Program

by Paul McGhee



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 7/14/2010

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 176
ISBN : 9781452021812
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : E-Book
Page Count : 176
ISBN : 9781452021836

About the Book

The evidence is now in! Humor and laughter are good medicine. The companion to this book, Humor: The Lighter Path to Resilience and Health (2010, also published by AuthorHouse) discusses the exciting new research supporting the long-held claim that laughter is the best medicine.

Humor as Survival Training for a Stressed-Out World shows how to get these benefits of humor into your own life. It contains the first-ever humor skills training program that has evidence from multiple countries documenting its effectiveness in boosting your sense of humor and learning to use humor to cope with the stress in your life. No other program for improving your sense of humor can make this claim.

The basic idea is to build key foundation humor skills on your good days—when you’re in a good mood. While strengthening one habit/skill at a time, you don’t extend these skills to daily stressors until the habits are well developed (otherwise, your sense of humor abandons you when you’re under stress).

The 7 Humor Habit Program first builds the habit of becoming a more playful person in general (humor is a form of mental play), and then focuses on verbal humor skills, finding humor in everyday life, laughing at yourself and other key humor skills.

Studies in the USA, Switzerland, Australia and Germany have confirmed the effectiveness of this program in boosting your sense of humor. Evidence also shows that it improves your daily mood, boosts optimism and improves your ability to cope with stress. There is even evidence that the 7 Humor Habits Program is an effective tool in reducing clinical depression and anxiety. It has been shown to be effective for all ages, from college students to seniors in their eighties. So it’s never too late to improve your own sense of humor.

About the Author

Paul McGhee has a PhD in Psychology and is internationally known for his own 20 years of research on humor, having published many scientific articles and 12 previous books on humor. He has now put these years of research on humor into action, creating a well-tested program for improving your sense of humor and learning how to use humor to cope with the stress in your life.

He currently works full time as a professional speaker and is President of The Laughter Remedy, in Wilmington, Delaware. He is at the cutting edge of the current movement to put humor to work in healthcare settings and corporations. He shows physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals how to use humor to 1) cope with the growing pace of change and uncertainty in the healthcare system and 2) build the resilience needed to remain productive and provide quality care and service in the midst of growing job stress. In corporate settings, he shows how humor provides the emotional resilience needed to meet increasing work demands.

The 7 Humor Habits Program presented in this book has been used by many employees in corporations, hospitals and other settings. This skill-development tool is commonly used by employees after Dr. McGhee has completed a presentation on humor to the organization.

This Humor Training Program and other aspects of Dr. McGhee’s work has been featured in the Scientific American: Mind, the New York Times, USA Today, The Learning Channel, PBS, Dutch, Swiss and German television, and German, French, Swiss, Norwegian, Japanese and Italian magazines and newspapers.

For additional information Dr. McGhee's keynotes, as well as both a discussion of research on the health and coping benefits of humor and guidelines for improving your own humor skills, see his web site at