Tales of Life, Longevity, & Laughter
A few years ago I joined AATH, American Association of Therapeutic Humor and I went there to see about the latest research done on therapeutic humor and how it can help in work and play. The teachers and conference attendees, speakers and vendors are great and all committed to healthy humor. There are clowns, professors, nurses, teachers and all sorts of people using humor in many ways. As a humor academy member, I am expected to produce a project and so I designed a keynote called, Humor and Healing from the Caregivers Perspective which I presented in New York in 2014 and thought it might be fun to have a book on funny stories about aging.
I had a focus group to my house to discuss the subject I had entitled Aging Hilariously. We decided that bar was unrealistic when it came to aging. Much of it was not hilarious although there are moments, I was reassured. So instead, we find the funny and the adventures in aging and put a positive spin to the whole experience. I have learned as I age that I agree with Abraham Lincoln that “Most people are as happy as they make up their minds to be.” I like to think of aging as an adventure and we’ll see what lies ahead…