Humor as Survival Training for a Stressed Out World: The 7 Humor Habits Program

Humor as Survival Training for a Stressed-Out World by Paul McGhee

by Paul McGhee
Published by AuthorHouse, 2010, 173 pages.
Available from www.Amazon.com ($16.95 or less) or www.AuthorHouse.com ($13.95 or $7.95 as an e-book).
A Kindle ebook edition is available @ $7.99.

This book shows HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR SENSE OF HUMOR and get the health and coping benefits of humor (discussed in Humor: The Lighter Path to Resilience and Health) into your own life.  It contains the first-ever humor skills training program with 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.

And here’s the good news. It’s not too late to improve your sense of humor. Research on the 7HHP has shown that EVEN SENIORS (average age in the study was in the 70s) can learn to improve their sense of humor and use humor to cope with the stress that goes with aging.

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).  Specific exercises and activities are provided to develop each skill over a 1- to 2-week period.

The 7 Humor Habits 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 (all discussed in the appendix of the book) 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 senior citizens.  So if you start today, you can expect to find significant improvement in your sense of humor in 2-4 months (depending on whether you spend one or two weeks strengthening each habit).

[See the first (Dec. 21, 2010) blog article under “Developing Humor Coping Skills” for further background information on the 7 Humor Habits Program.]