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

Barbara Grapstein, CHP and Joanie Accolla are the Co-Founders of the nonprofit organization "Healing Headbands Project."

The purpose of the Healing Headbands Project is to inspire others to develop a healing mindset by integrating laughter with art. Those that participate with the project realize their full potential through laughter exercises that awaken the creative mind. Those participants then express themselves through painting, and that artwork is custom printed on special soft UV protected fabric and made into headbands.

The headbands not only protect the heads of those especially struggling through cancer treatments and other illnesses, but act as a symbol of joy and happiness. That happiness is a state of mind and the headband is a reminder to wear your happiness every day.

Barbara and Joanie do events to help create laughter and artwork at local hospitals, community centers and schools.

Barb Video GrabThey recently teamed up with the North Shore High School Key Club to focus on how to add joy to the lives of children facing devastating illnesses. Key Club members painted colorful collages that were made into headbands and wrist bands, and were then given to children to wear in health and happiness, knowing that each one was made with great intention, love and care.


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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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