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From the Author

I wrote this book after my wife died. Her humor helped me get through the three difficult years of her terminal illness. Hundreds of people have told me how it helped them to not only deal with life-challenging issues but everyday trials and tribulations as well. It must have because the book is now in 24th printing and seventh language translation. (as of 02/01) For more, check out allenklein.com

About the Author

Comedian Jerry Lewis has said that Allen Klein is "a noble and vital force watching over the human condition." Klein is an award-winning professional speaker and best-selling author of 17 books, including The Healing Power of Humor, The Courage to Laugh, Change Your Life!: A Little Book of Big Ideas, Inspiration for a Lifetime, and, Learning to Laugh When You Feel Like Crying. Klein is also a recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor, a Certified Speaking Professional designation from the National Speakers Association, a Toastmaster's Communication and Leadership Award, and, a New York City Hunter College Hall of Fame honoree.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Tarcher/Putnam; 1 edition (February 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874775191
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874775198
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

For information about my workshops, or, reprintable articles about humor go to my website: www.allenklein.com

--Lifetime Achievement Award recipient from the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor

--Hunter College (New York City) Hall of Fame honoree

--Certified Speaking Professional from the National Speakers Association

--2005-2006 President of The Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor (www.aath.org)

As of July, 2013, I have authored 23 books about humor as well as motivationsl and inspirational books about the positive side of life that have sold over 600,000 copies.

My first book, The Healing Power of Humor, is currently in a 40th printing and ninth language translation.

I am the world's only "Jollytologist"

I have BA from Hunter College and a Master's degree from St. Mary's College in MN.

Love to hear from you. Contact me at humor@allenklein.com
www.allenklein.com

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By PS on February 28, 2001
Format: Paperback
Educational and entertaining, this book relays convincing evidence as to the psychological and physiological benefits of humor. The author gives concrete and helpgful techniques and suggestions as to how we can begin to bring more joy and laughter into our lives. Lots of humorous anecdotes and examples bring the points home. I found this book informative and motivational.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 15, 1999
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Wonderful book, which truly elevated my spirits so much that people started complimenting me about my positive attitude. Good bedtime reading. Chapters are written so that you study one "lesson" per day.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 18, 1998
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When a friend from college was diagnosed with a termanal brain tumor, I sent him and his family a copy of this book. Several times he and his wife told me how helpful this book was for all of them during these terrible times. It gives everyone permission to access appropriate humor to feed the spirit, and allow us to find joy in the midst of suffering and sorrow. Great and inspiring ideas and suggestions.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Tom Antion on November 19, 1998
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This book showed me the evidence that I need to have humor in my life on a daily basis. I have always loved humor, but until I read this book I didn't really realize the powerful effect it has on me and my family. This book will help anyone learn how to have a more healthy, mind, body and spirit. --Tom Antion
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Jacki Kwan on February 28, 2001
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Since reading this book in 1994, I have used it as a reference for my life AND work. Using a warm and witty style of writing, Allen teaches us the physiological and emotional benefits of mirth. My favorite chapter title is "Strike While the Irony is Hot!" So clever!! I recommend this book to friends who are facing life challenges and to everyone who attends my workshops. On a more personal note, since embracing The Healing Power of Humor, I felt freer to add a little levity to my Aunt Alice's funeral. My family was amazingly grateful. Me too!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sue Ellen Allen on July 14, 2011
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Prison is a harsh, lonely landscape, designed to quash hope. There is very little laughter inside the wires. While I was in prison, I was desperately lonely and depressed. I was battling advanced breast cancer and my young roommate had died from undiagnosed leukemia. When I received Allen Klein's book, I felt as if someone had thrown me a lifeline of hope. I underlined and starred and laughed. I read it over and over. This is not a dated joke book. For someone hurting, it is priceless. Wherever you are, inside prison walls or outside in the free world, grief and loss are agony and this little book will serve you well.

In Arizona, inmates are only allowed to keep 10 books and 5 magazines so you can imagine a book has to be very special to hold on to it. I was released over 2 years ago. I've written my own book (The Slumber Party from Hell). Through it all, I've held on to Allen's book. It still gives me pleasure and inspires me. Thanks, Allen. I wish there were copies in every prson in America.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mattfan on August 29, 2010
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I do like this book very much and Allen Klein's outlook on life. I lost my wife just over a year ago and humor and positive thinking have helped me through the ordeal. During my wife's last days, her wish was to come home, unfortunately she never made it. However I did fulfill her last wish in part. After her cremation I bought her ashes home and she stands proudly on top of a chest of drawers. She is in a beautiful green and gold urn, which stands inside a pair of black French knickers. So she stands there majestically, looking as though she is standing naked with her knickers around her ankles. Which is how I like to remember her. Not disrepectful, but very reverant. So yes, I can see the authors point of view, humor is a great tonic in the face of adversity.
I loved it and in a similar vien and for another persons viewpoint on the adversity of life, have a look at Simon Ashley Richmonds WRITE AGAIN VOL 1 another great tonic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kubryan on April 19, 2013
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I can see why so many years after its initial publication date that this book is still popular. The information in this book is great for everything from day-to-day frustrations to things like terminal illness and death. The book offers tips or exercises at the end of each chapter to help guide the reader to employ these tatics in their day-to-day life or at the appropriate opportune moment. Additionally, the advise offered covers a broad range of humor styles which is also helpful. As I read through this book I found myself laughing at some of the concepts but knowing I would never do such things and laughing at others because I have done the activity or could easily see myself doing it. One thing I very much enjoyed was the frequent quotations from famous individuals, books, and of course comedians who have addressed similar topics at some point in their own life. That was probably my favorite part of this book.

I would love to see this book updated and adapted a bit to modern culture but despite its dated presentation of the information, I believe it is still very good information at its core.
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