Humor Plan of Action

Add one more to my laughter tribe

I found one of my laughter tribe members online the other day. Nancy Weil of The Laugh Academy is my new BFF. I haven’t talked to her yet and I doubt she even knows I exist but we are kindred spirits in the laughter arts.

Nancy ‘s bio states she is “an authority on the relationship between humor and grief”.  Not only is she a fellow Laughter Yoga leader but she is also a Certified Grief Management Specialist.

Chicks and Clown Noses


When I saw a photo of Nancy wearing a clown nose I knew I had to learn more about her and her message.

Chicks wearing clown noses is the epitome of cool.

I don’t dress like a fashion model, I’m not particularly hip but I look HOT (as in drop it like it’s hawt) in my Styrafoam nose.

Not only does the red nose bring out the color of my beautiful brown eyes, my friends tell me wearing the nose makes my butt look smaller. Swear-to-gawd.

Normally, clowns scare the be-jesus out of me. It’s not the clown nose that freaks me out, the painted face, the weird outfit or the steroid sized shoes. It’s the image of a scary sad clown with the frown…that smile upside down. Some of the mean scary clowns have tears too.. so so sad.

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Actually, I think I can recall when my clown anxiety first began. It was very early in the 1970’s.

My pediatrician had photos, paintings and other 3-D renditions of clowns in his waiting room. I think he thought this would calm the kiddies down but in reality, I associated clowns with needles, pain, sickness and yukky tasting pink penicillin. And ya’ll know how much I hate pink!

Laughter in the Face of Tears

The healing power of laughter helps us process emotions, rediscover hope and elevates our mood.

Laughter is fat-free, calorie-free and still tax-free (let’s pray it stays that way).

We do not avoid pain by using humor as a mechanism in grief recovery but as the Laugh Doctor, Clifford Kuhn, M.D. states in his book, Easing Transitions through Humor, “we acknowledge the fear and pain, but, maintain a perspective that prevents them from disabling us“.

Nancy Weil conducted a survey about the relationship between laughter and grief in her article, Laughter in the Face of Tears.

A survey of over 400 individuals provided our research team with diverse opinions on humor and coping.  For example, one participant wrote that “Laughter is a way of lifting that heavy burden of loss and all facets of grief if only for a few minutes. It is a wonderful respite.”  Telling stories about their loved one helps them to cope. 

Others have created their personal Humor Plan of Action (HPOA.) This is a way to schedule laughter into their day. It may be from reading the comics or watching a favorite sit-com or movie. I recommend going to the library.  You can check out a funny book, find a book on tape or a comedy on DVD. At home you can go to and put in your favorite comedian under videos and watch their best clips.

Ah-ha! A Humor Plan of Action! An HPOA – a method to cope with grief, depression or anxiety. I love this!

Step # 1 in my Humor Plan of Action was watching a retro clip of Steve Martin performing his King Tut skit on Saturday Night Live.  This classic had me smiling in a matter of seconds and my work stress melted away!


After I laughed my butt off watching Steve sing about the Divine Bovine I shouted out to my Crackbook Facebook pals to share their favorite funny video clips. My Giggle Crew responded:

Kelli gets her Giggle On watching Larry the Cable Guy talk about Nascar

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This is one of Janet’s favorites. It’s a shocker!

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This classic “mah nuh muh nah!” Muppet routine was forwarded by Amy. Gotta love the Muppets!

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Cassandra cracks up watching cats exercise.

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And Larry, bless his heart, shared this one with me. Unless you’ve had the sex talk with your kids, you’ll want to watch this one alone.

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Boy, I hope he called her afterward!


What video, book or activity is part of your Humor Plan of Action?

What do you to do get your Giggle On?

Please share your responses with us here!

And remember, Don’t Give Up…Giggle On!

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  1. YO Christa!

    THANK YOU for your blog and posting the Steve Martin King Tut Video! I love that guy and it made me smile on this rainy Monday. Plus, he is wearing OUR favorite colors — YOURS:PURPLE. MINE: WHITE.

    I will pass on the red clown nose thing, but I would like to place an order for a Giggle.on whoopee cushion to be given to the Executive Director of Merrill Gardens in Rohnert Park where you made a video of my Arm Chair and WheelChair Laughter Yoga Club. His fab marketing director, Sandi Truesdell is trying to get the guy into Laughter Yoga and says “he is more of a fart jokes, whoopee cushion sort of fellow.” SO, I immediately thought of you!

    I will gift wrap the cushion with my laughter yoga card attached and my website featuring videos of his residents and the LY Class Schedule that is happening in his building and invite him to attend with the cushion. And, to help him in that endeavor, I will forward an email with the video of you teaching how to INTEGRATE Laughter Yoga with the use of the Giggle On WHOOPEE CUSHION!

    This is multi-media learning at its best! Thank you for providing these tools and techniques.

    I will use my paypal to pay for this item.
    Please Mail it to: P.O. Box 296. Petaluma.CA 94953.
    Thank you,
    Carmela Carlyle
    Your Laughter Yoga Teacher and Fan

  2. I played the cats on the treadmill with the muppets singing in the background….it was almost like watching the Wizard of Oz while listening to Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon.

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