The Seven Humor Habits Program: Assessing Your Gains from doing the Humor-Building Exercises over the Past 3 Months

This article marks the end of a 3 1/2-month long series of articles devoted to helping you first improve your sense of humor and then learn to use humor to cope with the stress in your life. The original radio broadcast series (along with these accompanying articles) was based on my 7 Humor Habits Program, […]

English Language Humor Training (Word Play) for Non-Native English Speakers

In the March 30 article devoted to the 4th Humor Habit, Learning to Create Your Own Verbal Humor, I noted in passing that non-native speakers of English generally have an especially difficult time learning to understand jokes in English.  I saw this problem first hand while living in Paris (for three years) and when providing […]

The Fourth Humor Habit (Part II): Create Your Own Spontaneous Verbal Humor

[Note: If you’re new to this series of article on improving your sense of humor, also read the previous articles under “Senior Humor Training” before following these guidelines for improving your sense of humor.] Last week’s article offered guidelines for becoming a better joke teller.  This is an important skill to learn, but I am […]

The Third Humor Habit: Laugh More Often and More Heartily

“What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul.”  (Yiddish proverb) If you’re new to this website, read the earlier articles under “Senior Humor Training Exercises” and then come back to this one. The March 2 article focused on the Second Humor Habit—cultivating a stronger playful attitude in your life.  If you followed […]

The First Humor Habit—Part 2: Discovering the Nature of Your Present Sense of Humor

“If I had no sense of humor, I should long ago have committed suicide.” (Mohandas K. Gandhi) Psychiatrist to her receptionist: “Just say we’re very busy; don’t keep saying ‘It’s a madhouse’ here.” You were asked in last week’s (Feb 10) article to immerse yourself in humor in every way you could think of. Check […]

The First Humor Habit: Immerse Yourself in Humor & Start Thinking about the Nature of Your Sense of Humor

Weekly postings of skill-building exercises related to each key Humor Habit will appear here at from now until May 4, 2012. These articles offer guidelines for activities which strengthen each Humor Habit. The full manual for the 7 Humor Habits Program is published in Humor as Survival Training for a Stressed-Out World. “You show […]

Assess your Sense of Humor NOW before Starting the Humor Training Program

[This article contains a Sense of Humor Test.] Over the next 2-3 months, you can do something that many think cannot be done—improve your sense of humor! I’ve had many people tell me that “You’re either born with a good sense of humor or you’re not . . . and there’s nothing I can do […]

Humor Skills Training on the Radio: Innovation in Radio broadcasting

A Weekly Series of Live Radio Broadcasts was devoted to helping seniors Learn to Use their Sense of Humor to Promote Greater Resilience, Health and Happiness between February 10 and May 25, 2012.   These broadcasts occurred as a featured segment of the popular show, The Bright Side of Aging, hosted by Ike Englebaum in Detroit, Michigan […]

Humor Facilitates Children's Intellectual Develoment

[Adapted from P. McGhee, Understanding and Promoting the Development of Children’s Humor.  See “Books by Dr. McGhee” to order.] A good sense of humor provides a broad range of important developmental benefits to children, just as it does to adults.  You can help assure that your own children receive these benefits by actively supporting the […]