Humor's Role on the Path to Wellness
Original Air Date: May 18, 2015
Presenter: Izzy Gesell, M.Ed., CSP
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The world we live and work in, once thought of as habitual and logical, is now erratic and unpredictable. As "thriving on chaos" becomes the norm, people and the organizations they operate in, must find new ways of making sense of their situations amid constantly evolving perceptions of wellness. People are often experiencing one of two energy flow states; they are either being energized or they are being drained of their energy. The state these folks find themselves in effectively impacts the environment personally and in the organization.
This program examines practical ways and means of maintaining physical and emotional wellness through humor, one of our most under-utilized personal resources. Laughter and happiness are important factors in the attempt to achieve and maintain a healthy personal and professional life. Humor is a language that people use to join and identify a common universe. They consciously and unconsciously make statements through humor about themselves, their relationships, their groups, and their fears, which they find difficult to say otherwise.
Humor boosts morale, facilitates communication, stimulates creativity and helps manage stress. Learn how humor works and how to bring it into your life on a daily basis.
Following this presentation, participants will be able to:
- distinguish between the 4 functions of humor: shield, weapon, bridge, and spotlight.
- explain how humor functions as a stress manager.
- identify how humor impacts mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual perception.
About Izzy Gesell, M.Ed., CSP
Izzy Gesell is an organizational alchemist who helps individuals and organizations transform their thinking from commonplace to extraordinary. He is skilled at delivering meaningful material in a way that makes participants enjoy their time with him.
Izzy was one of the first to use Improv Theater concepts as tools for personal and organizational learning. He is the author of Playing Along: Group Learning Activities Borrowed From Improvisation Theater, a co-author of Cancer & the Healing Power of Play, a co-author of Humor Me: America’s Funniest Humorists on the Power of Laughter, and a contributor of a chapter on Improvisation as a facilitation tool in the IAF Group Facilitators Handbook. His video course for Lynda.com was their first course shot before a live audience.
Recognized by his peers, he has earned a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation from the National Speakers Association. Less than 15% of NSA’s 4,000 members are CSPs. He has earned a BA in Psychology, an MS in Education and a P... that’s 1/3 of a PhD... and now lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.