- Howie the Harp
- Joe Rogers: Self-Help
- Jim Rye: Human Rights
- Judi Chamberlin: Author
- Peter Ashenden: Self-Help
- David Gonzalez: Recovery
- Dan Fisher: Empowerment
- Shery Mead: Peer Support
- David Oaks: MindFreedom
- Celia Brown: Peer Specialist
- Julius Green: Peer Specialist
- Dwayne Mayes: Employment
- Mary Ellen Copeland: WRAP
- Larry Fricks: P.S. Certification
- Pat Deegan: Personal Medicine
- Harvey Rosenthal: Rehabilitation
- Eric Jackson: Author & Advocate
- Ron Bassman: Author & Educator
- Ron Schraiber: Well-Being Project
Hope and Transformation
Humor: the drug-free medicine is a lite-hearted humor-filled presentation designed to emphasize the healing power of humor. It is believed that vigorous laughter aids in the release of serotonin in the brain, resulting in a higher threshold of pain. Studies show that laughter decreases stress hormones, improves mood, enhances creativity, diminishes pain, reduces blood pressure, and stimulates the body’s immune system.
In one such study orthopedic surgery patients who watched funny videos needed fewer aspirin and tranquilizers than those who watched dramas. One therapist who uses humor with suicidal elderly patients found that people laughing together at things that inspire fear is therapeutic and that shared humor reduces social isolation and alienation.
- 75% of daily conversations revolve around complaining, negativity and pessimism.
- People with a good sense of humor tend to be more optimistic than others
- Optimists live longer than pessimists
A well-placed quip can lighten tension-filled staff conferences; a light-hearted comment can enhance the atmosphere of problem solving; and a joke at the beginning of a negotiating process can break the ice and impart a friendlier, more cooperative atmosphere. Many celebrity comedians have been known to turn adversity into humor. When was the last time you had a hearty laugh?