Senior Humor Training

 

Radio Series to Boost Humor SkillsFrom January-May, 2012, a weekly series of live radio broadcasts devoted to helping SENIORS Learn to Use their Sense of Humor to Promote Greater Resilience, Health and Happiness was provided on WNZK (690 AM) & WCXI (1160 AM) in the Detroit, Michigan area & on the Internet at www.birach.com (or directly at http://wnzk.birach.com:9000.  The show, called The Bright Side of Aging, is hosted by Ike Englebaum and is broadcast out of Detroit, Michigan

The January 20-March 2 broadcasts are accessible by simply clicking on either the  picture of the radio (under “Creating More”) or the words under “Mirth on Earth.”  Unfortunately, the other broadcasts are no longer available.  As noted below, however, articles that accompanied these broadcasts ARE available to help you boost your sense of humor.

This series of broadcasts marked an innovative breakthrough in radio broadcasting. A weekly live radio show was used as a vehicle for actively engaging listeners around the world in working on improving their sense of humor and learning to use humor to cope with the stress in their lives.

The featured guest for these programs was Dr. Paul McGhee, President of The Laughter Remedy in Wilmington, DE.  Dr. McGhee is internationally known for his own research on humor and has published 15 books on the topic. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award for his research and active promotion of therapeutic humor from both Oakland University (Rochester, MI) and the American Association for Therapeutic Humor.

A weekly article was published at this website to  support the weekly radio broadcasts, showing listeners the kinds of things they needed to be doing to boost specific aspects of their sense of humor.  Those weekly articles have been kept here at this website in order to continue to offer seniors a path of specific things to do over a 2-3 month period to learn to use humor to cope with the challenges that go with aging.  If you are a senior and want to participate in this effort–either on your own or as part of a group–all you need to do is to start with the January 23 article under RADIO HUMOR TRAINING and follow the weekly suggestions provided there throughout the February-May articles.  If possible do this with a partner; the Humor Training has more impact this way.

The Feb. 10 – May 25 articles focus on Dr. McGhee’s 7 Humor Habits Program. Each article offers guidelines for improving a specific component of your sense of humor.  You spend the 7 days between weekly articles practicing these exercises to cultivating the Humor Habit of the Week before moving on to working on the next Humor Habit. To allow adequate time for building the Humor Habits, a total of two weeks is sometimes spent on each.

This is the first time anything like this had ever been done on live radio.  Seniors (and others) around the world, listening via the Internet, spent a three- four-month period building the basic foundation humor skills needed to boost emotional resilience and use humor to cope with the stress in their daily lives.

Research in university settings in 5 countries has documented the effectiveness of this 7 Humor Habits Program. The Program has also been shown to work with seniors (average age in their 70s).