The Healing Power of Humor and Laughter

When: 31 Jul 2015 - 2 Aug 2015 (Fri - Sun, 2 nights)
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Allen Klein

Ever hear of a “Jollytologist”? Well meet the world’s one and only—Allen Klein. Through his books and his presentations, Klein shows people worldwide how to deal with everything from traffic jams to tragedies.
The comedian Jerry Lewis has said that Allen Klein is “a noble and vital force watching over the human condition.”
Klein got into this unusual line of work after his wife died of a rare liver disease at the age of 34. He saw how humor helped her, and those around her, cope. He also saw how humor helped him get through that loss. He now teaches others about therapeutic humor and how to find something in trying times. Those audiences include people in 48 states as well as Israel and Australia, and clients from IBM to the IRS.
Currently he is the president of the board of Unity San Francisco. In addition, he is a past-president of The Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor as well as a recipient of their Lifetime Achievement Award. He is also a recipient of a Toastmasters Communication and Leadership Award, a Certified Speaking Professional designation from the National Speakers Association, and, also an inductee into Hunter College; The City University of New York, Hall of Fame.
Klein's first book, The Healing Power of Humor, is now in a 40th printing and ninth foreign language translation. It shows readers how to use humor to deal with everyday trials and tribulations. His second book, The Courage to Laugh: Humor, Hope, and Healing in the Face of Death and Dying, documents how people have used humor to triumph over tragedy. A recent book, Learning to Laugh When You Feel Like Crying, shows readers how to embrace life fully again after a loss
Klein’s most recent book, You Can’t Ruin My Day: 52 Wake-Up Call to Turn Any Situation Around, shows readers how to take back their power and not let anyone, or anything ruin their day.
Klein has a master’s degree in humor (from St. Mary's College in Minnesota—and that's no joke!) And he is well suited to his subject. Years before becoming a “Jollytologist”, Klein was nicknamed the “King of Whimsy” because he designed all the children shows at CBS television in New York City. Among those productions was one you probably remember—the Captain Kangaroo show.
Although no longer working in the light-hearted world of children, Klein still believes that adults need to take a lesson from them and lighten up.
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