Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Therapeutic Humor

RX Laughter is a website I learned about on the “Organizational Friends” listings page of the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor website.
According to their website, “Rx Laughter is a humor research, therapeutic and educational nonprofit charity that creates and implements projects that advance the emotional and physical health of children and adults who are battling serious illnesses and trauma.”

I especially liked this statement on their website: “Rx Laughter is not about laughing as a cure-all. We are about using positive humor to help you and others through rough times. In all of our projects, our goal for you remains constant: To bring humor into your lives to offer immediate relief from suffering while nurturing an overall positive, humorous perspective so that you can continue to cope with issues that might otherwise feel insurmountable. However, each person has their own unique way of actually doing this. There is no "one size fits all" way.”

It was heart-warming to read their April press release which stated that “The UCLA Nathanson Family Resilience Center and the nonprofit Rx Laughter are teaming up with the legendary Second City Training Center to offer an innovative, humor-based project that uses improvisational comedy techniques to help military families deal with the traumatic effects of war.  

During the free two-hour workshop, which will be held at UCLA for military parents and their children on April 22, participants will learn the basic principles of improvisation to enhance family communication, reduce stress and promote family togetherness.”

Interested? Here’s a link to their bare bones website:

And here is a link to the AATH Organizational Friends Listing:

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