Humor Research at AATH conference; Chicago April 19-22

It has been said that laughter is the closest distance betwen two people!  

We encourage you to come learn more about laughter and humor research at our AATH conference in Chicago April 19-22 2012.  We believe that joyful people can promote peace and collaboration.  Learn from our researchers.  Earn 3 hours graduate college credit at our Humor Academy  Nurses and Health professionals can earn CE credits and Illinois Educators can earn CPDU credits.  


People come from around the world to the AATH Annual Conference. 2012 promises to be a year like no other - acquire the wealth of knowledge available and experience the amazing community of kindred spirits who understand that healthy humor really is the best medicine.

Here is a bit more information about our amazing organization;

Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor

What is AATH?

The Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor (AATH) is non-profit, member driven, international community of humor and laughter professionals and enthusiasts. Formed in 1987 by Registered Nurse, Alison L. Crane, AATH provides its members the education, cutting-edge resources, and supportive community they need to excel in the practice and promotion of healthy humor.

What is therapeutic humor?

Therapeutic humor is any intervention that promotes health and wellness by stimulating a playful discovery, expression or appreciation of the absurdity or incongruity of life's situations. This intervention may enhance health or be used as a complementary treatment of illness to facilitate healing or coping, whether physical, emotional, cognitive, social or spiritual. Officially adopted by the AATH Board of Directors on June 1, 2000.

Who belongs to AATH?

AATH welcomes anyone who is interested in learning more about the application and benefits of therapeutic humor. Members include scholars, psychologists, counselors, allied healthcare practitioners, nurses, social workers, physicians, funeral directors, business executives, human resource managers, educators, clergy, hospital clowns, speakers, trainers, and many others who incorporate humor in their life and work.

Meet some of our terrific members! 

Why was AATH created?

AATH was created to

  • Be a clearinghouse for information on humor and laughter as they relate to well-being.
  • Disseminate information about humor and laughter to its members through regular publications and educational opportunities such as the Humor Academy.
  • Develop, promote, conduct, and identify the need for research that further investigates the roles humor and laughter play in well-being.
  • Encourage, support, and report on innovative programs that incorporate the therapeutic use of humor.
  • Function as an interdisciplinary network for its members.
  • Provide a caring, supportive, community of humor professionals and enthusiasts.

Do consider joining us as we use humor to promote peace and better communication!  

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Comment by AATH (Mary Kay Morrison) on January 25, 2012 at 9:58pm

Thanks Skip!  We are an energized and enthusiastic group-dedicated to making the world better through humor and laughter!  Maybe next year--probably in California! 

Comment by Skip Cole on January 25, 2012 at 2:26pm

This looks like a Great conference. 

I won't be able to attend it this year, but thanks for sharing information on it.

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