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 Our Members

Karyn Buxman, RN, MSN, CSP, CPAE, CHP is an international speaker, successful author, and neurohumorist (she lives at the intersection of humor and the brain).

Karyn is a pioneer in the field of applied humor, starting with her Master’s thesis in graduate school and now continues her partnerships with leading neuroscientists. Today, Karyn helps leaders—and those they serve—achieve peak performance and optimum health through the art and science of applied humor. More than 500 organizations—including NASA, the Mayo Clinic and the Million Dollar Round Table have hired Karyn to entertain, educate, and inspire their audiences again and again. She is one of 227 people in the world—and one of only 39 women—to be inducted into the National Speaker’s Association’s Speaker Hall of Fame.

Karyn’s mission:
To improve global health, business, and peace through laughter and heal the humor-impaired.

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Humor Academy

Humor Academy LogoThe Humor Academy Program offers Graduate Course Work and Certificate Options in Humor Studies by serving as a dynamic resource for the AATH community interested in the theory and scientific research that define Therapeutic Humor and its applications in occupationally diverse fields.

2017 Level II AATH Humor Academy Projects

 

Save the Date!

Annual Conference - April 12-15, 2018
Holiday Inn San Diego - Bayside

2017 Conference Wrap Up Show

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