Holding the Light: The Healing Power of Humor, Laughter and Mirth
What happens when a clown, a minister and a nurse walk into your conference? You get a program, that has you laughing, loving and learning. Debra Joy Hart will lead us in laughter exercise, play-filled jocularity and mindful planned spontaneity. Debra also touches on hard subjects such as “when to laugh and when to cry.”
Injections of Joy: How to Self-Medicate with Humor
Feeling stress before you get to the office? Thinking about creative ways to punish your co-workers before you step out of the shower? Whether you have one more funeral service to officiate, chart to write in, fractured funny bone to set, or one more class clown to teach, you need a shot of joy (not tequila) to help with burnout and stress. This presentation combines spirituality, humor, and self-care techniques.
Teardrops and Jellybeans: Embracing Your Grief with Humor
Humor and grief are both very personal and unique experiences. Giving ourselves permission to laugh during times of grief is very difficult to do. Humor is one tool to help reframe pain-filled death and/or loss experiences. Using humor can be a safe way to change cultural or religious norms and tailor your grief process for a custom fit. It takes courage to go outside a perceived norm. The truth is that there is no norm in the grieving process.
Remember Life in the Sandbox? Balancing Work with Your Mind, Body, and Spirit
Life seemed easier when we could play with our dolls or trucks in the sandbox. The only stress back then was Mom would call me back to the house before I was done playing. This presentation portrays work stress in a humorous way and gives suggestions for “lightening up” our emotional workload. The audience participates in laughter exercises and playful recreations of the different “voices” we hear inside our head that added to our stress in the first place Positive “kid-like” affirmations can make all the difference in our energy levels and attitude toward work tasks.
Healing Your Heart with Humor: Mind, Body, Spirit Healing in the Health Care Setting
Loss of our humanity, dignity, and faith sums up the shortcomings that happen while being part of most health care systems. It doesn’t matter whether you are the patient or caregiver; all of us lose focus of the bigger picture when attending to our health care needs. Different types of humor and mirth have their own healing potential. Myriad of examples on “how to” use and create more humor in health care settings are part of this presentation.
Joy Sundae (with a Cherry!): Using Humor to Nurture Your Soul
Used the metaphor of a favorite celebration treat, Debra Joy encourages the audience to create their own “Joy Sundae.” The recipe includes 2 scoops of laughter, drizzled with warm memories, a whipped topping of mirth and sprinkled with all the nuts in your life. Debra Joy encourages the audience to celebrate everything from accomplishments to life’s losses. Nurture yourself with laughter and joy and celebrate life with friends.
Keeping In Touch Tomorrow By Being Present Today
What does it mean to be mindful about yourself, work and family? How do you simply and efficiently practice and apply mindfulness every day. In this presentation, we start and end with gratitude, laughter and love. In between we discuss the physiological, psychological physical effects of gratitude, worry and stress. You are guaranteed meditation and belly laughs, and food to feed your mind, body and spirit.
No More Peanuts, Popcorn and CrackerJacks(tm): Resilience Reflections with Humor and Hope
As we age, we process loss and anticipated losses every day. We may lose our car keys, our teeth, or parts of our digestive tract. We no longer can depend upon our usual ways of comfort. We may face the big C (cancer), have a partner or a child die. Or get crushing news that your husband has Alzheimer’s. A loss is a loss is a loss, with no judgement as to its impact on you. This presentation is set to educate, engage, and empower the audience with 3 simple resilience practices and identify and incorporate ways to build on their own resilience strengths.
Dyed Laughing: Integrating Humor, Death, Dying and Bereavement
Humor is one of the ways people confront feeling oppressed, scared, out of control, or lonely. Using humor at any of these times, gives us back a little more internal power, and just for the moment, allows us to see things differently, so that we can take a breath and move forward. And, humor is just one of the colors of a rainbow to use therapeutically when providing death education, palliative comfort to the dying and verbal support to the bereaved.