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L.A.U.G.H. Using Humor and Play to Help Clients Cope with Stress, Anger, Frustration and More.

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L.A.U.G.H.: Using Humor and Play to Help Clients Cope with Stress, Anger, Frustration, and more
by Allen Klein
Wellness Reproductions Publishing
Spiral-bound. 90 pages. Includes CD of all exercises.
Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.4 x 0.4 inches

Book Summary:

60 Therapeutic, Perspective-Building, Life-Changing Reproducible Activities

This book provides therapists and counselors with sixty, easy-to-use and effective activities to help clients let go of negative thoughts and behavior, alter their attitude, and find more humor in both their specific situation and in their life in general. Many of these time-tested exercises have been utilized over a twenty-year period in the author's keynote and workshop presentations to show audiences how to find and use humor in not-so-funny times. Humor can be a powerful therapeutic tool and this collection of unique, innovative activities/exercises will be a beneficial, new tool for counselors and therapists. Activities are reproducible.

For over twenty-years, I have been teaching audiences worldwide how to find and use humor to cope with stressful situations. Even though there is lots of laughter in my workshops and keynote presentations, the underlying message is serious. I discuss such things as, the Zen concept of letting go, about how our attitudes are the crayons that color our world, and about laughter’s role in loss.

This book is very much like that. Although the title and subtitle have the words “laugh”, “humor”, and “play” in it, many of the activities are not humorous or playful in and of themselves. The reason for that is that the aim of the activities is not necessarily to get people to laugh but to provide insights to help them clear the path so that laughter can come into their life more easily.

One more thing—before you delve into the book, I have a couple of caveats.

First, obviously, not all activities will be appropriate for every client. You know them better than I do. It is up to you to determine which activities are and which ones are not.

Second, some of the exercises suggest doing them as a role-play. Role-play can be a more powerful way of getting the message across but some people may find role-play too threatening. An alternate activity is provided. Again, the decision of how to do the exercise is up to you.

Table of Contents:

Empty Your Cup

Are You Being Served?

Chinese Finger Trap

Letting Go Moving On

Living with Blemishes

Put It in Neutral

Forgive Others

Forgive Yourself

Angels Can Fly Because They Take Themselves Lightly

Temper Tantrum

Endings Can Also Be Beginnings

Be Willing


Not Knowing

Being Thankful

Count Your Blessings

Good News, Bad News

Opportunity Knocks

What Don’t You Want?

Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Staying Unhappy

Look Again

What If?

Be Present

Pat Yourself on the Back

Put it in Perspective

Move Your Fear to the Rear

Voices of Doom

Lessons from Silence

Let’s Pretend

Stop and Smell the Roses

Supersize That!


Traffic Jams

Take Back Your Power

Let the Play Begin

Toy Story More Toys, Less Stress

Puppet Power

Dress Up, Stress Down

Ask a Child

Ask a Teacher

Ask a Friend

Ask the Audience

Get Out of Your Rut

See It Another Way


Going After Laughter

Laugh at Your Stress

Laugh at Yourself

Reframe It

Humor Support System

What’s So Funny?

Humor Reminders

Red Nose Day

Open Your Humor Eyes

Life as a Country Song

Can’t Laugh? Smile



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