Humor References and Resources
Section Editor Kevin L. Smith, RNC, MSN, FNP

Humor References

Allen, Steve How to be Funny. Discovering the Comic in You. New York: Mcgraw-Hill Company, 1987.

Barreca, R. They Used to Call Me Snow White...But I Drifted: Women's Strategic Use of Humor. New York: Viking, 1991.

Bates, Roger How to Be Funnier Happier, Healthier and More Successful Too! Minneapolis, Trafton, 1995 (919) 380-8169 122 Ravenna Way, Cary NC 27513.

Cousins, Norman Anatomy of an Illness. New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 1979.

Klein, Allen The Healing Power of Humor. Los Angeles: Jeremy P. Tarcher, 1989.

Moody, Raymond Laugh After Laugh. Jacksonville, Florida: Headwaters Press, 1978.

Paulson, Terry Making Humor Work: Take Your Job Seriously and Yourself Lightly Los Altos, California: Crisp, 1989.

Robinson, Vera Humor and the Health Professions. Second Edition. Torofare, New Jersey: Slack Incorporated, 1991.

Humor Resources

American Association for Therapeutic Humor: Bi-monthly newsletter, conferences, bibliographies, networking. AATH, 222 Meramec, Suite 303, St. Louis, MO 63105. (314) 863-6232.

Humor and Health Letter: Bimonthly newsletter about laughter research and applications of humor. P.O. Box 16814 Jackson, MS 39236-6814 (601) 957-0075/

The Joyful Noiseletter: books, cards, tapes, church related humor for ministers and others.P.O. Box 668, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49005-0668.

The Humor Project: Laughing Matters publication four times/year. Dr. Joel Goodman, seminars, HUMOResources catalog for books, videos, audiotapes, etc.110 Spring Street Saratoga Springs, New York 12866 (518) 587-8770.

QFever: Your #1 Source for Medical Misinformation!

Whole Mirth Catalog: Access to many humorous items, toys, gags, books. 1034 Page Street; San Francisco, California 94117.

Humor Bibliography

Ackerman, M., Henry, M., Graham, K., Coffey, N. (1994). Humor won, humor too: A model to incorporate humor into the health care setting (revised). Nursing Forum 29(2):15-21.

Anderson, T. (1996). Interview with J.R. Dunn. Humor and Health Journal. 5(4):1-5.

Asimov, A. (1992). Asimov Laughs Again. New York: Harper Collins Publishers.

Bates, R. (1995). How to be funnier, happier, healthier, and more successful too! Minneapolis: Trafton.

Bellert, J. L. (1989) Humor. A therapeutic approach in oncology nursing. Cancer Nursing 12(2) 65-70.

Berk, L., Tan S., & Fry W. (1989). Neuroendocrine and stress hormone changes during mirthful laughter. American Journal of Medical Sciences 298(6): 390-396.

Berk, L., Tan, S., Napier, B., & Eby, W. (1989). Eustress of Mirthful Laughter Modifies Natural Killer Cell Activity. Clinical Research, 37(1):115A

Black, D. (1984). Laughter. Journal of the American Medical Association, 25(21): 2995-2998.

Brownell, Hiram (1988). Neuropsychological insights into humor. Chapter 2 in J. Durant and J. Miller eds., Laughing matters: A serious look at humor. Longman Scientific and Technical.

Cogan, R., Cogan, D., Waltz, W., & McCue, M. (1987). Effects of laughter and relaxation on discomfort thresholds. Journal of Behavioral Medicine 10:139-144.

Cousins, N. (1979). Anatomy of an Illness. New York, NY: W.W. Norton and Company.

Davidhizar, R. & Bowen, M. (1992) The dynamics of laughter. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 6(2): 132-137.

Dillon, K., Minchoff, B., & Baker, K. (1985). Positive Emotional States and Enhancement of the Immune System. International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine, 15(1):13-17.

Frankl, V. (1963). Mans Search for Meaning. New York: Washington Square Press.

Freud, S.(1960). Jokes and their relation to the unconcious. New York: W.W. Norton. (Origianally: Der Witz und seine Beziehung zum Unbewussten. Leipzig and Vienna: Durticke, 1905.)

Fry, W. (1971). Mirth and Oxygen Saturation of Peripheral Blood. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics 19:76-84.

Gaberson, K. (1991). The effect of humorous distraction on preoperative anxiety. AORN Journal 54(6):1258-1264.

Haig, R.A. (1988). The anatomy of humor. Biopsychosocial and therapeutic perspectives. Illinois: Charles C.Thomas.

Goodman, J. (1992). Laughing matters: taking your job seriously and yourself lightly. Journal of the American Medical Association 267(13):1858.

Gruner, C. (1978). Understanding Laughter. The Workings of Wit and Humor. Chicago: Nelson Hall.

Herth, K.A. (1993). Humor and the Older Adult. Applied Nursing Research 6(4): 146-153.

Hulse, J. (1994). Humor: a nursing intervention for the elderly. Geriatric Nursing 15(2): 88-90.

Hunt, A.H. (1993). Humor as a nursing intervention. Cancer Nursing 16(1):34-39.

Klien, Allen, (1989). The Healing Power of Humor. Los Angeles: Jeremy P. Tarcher, Inc.

Lambert, R. & Lambert, N.K. (1995) The Effects of Humor on Secretory Immunoglobulin A Levels in School-Aged Children. Pediatric Nursing 21(1): 16-19.

Lefcourt, H.M. & Martin, R.A. (1986). Humor and Life Stress: Antidote to Adversity. New York: Springer-Verlag.

Leiber, D. B. (1986). Laughter & humor in critical care. Dimensions in Critical Care Nursing, 5(3): 162-170.

Liechty, R. D. (1987). Humor and the Surgeon. Archives of Surgery 122: May 519-522.

Macaluso, M.C. (1993). Humor, Health and Healing. ANNA Journal 20(1): 14-16.

Martin, R., Dobbin J. (1988). Sense of humor, hassles, and immunoglobulin evidence for a stress-moderating effect of humor. International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine, 18 (2) 93-105.

McGhee, P. (1979). Humor, it's orgin and development. San Francisco: W.H. Freeman and Company.

Moody, Raymond A. (1978) Laugh after Laugh. Jacksonville, Florida: Headwaters Press.

Mornhinweg, G. & Voignier, R. (1995). Holistic Nursing Interventions. Orthopedic Nursing 14(4): 20-24.

Morreal, J. (1983). Taking Laughter Seriously. Albany, New York: State University of New York Press.

Moyers, B. (1993). Healing and the Mind. New York: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, Inc.

Orbldik A. (1942). Gallows humor: A sociological phenomenon. American Journal of Sociology 47:709-716.

Paquet, J. (1993). Laughter and Stress Management. Today's O.R. Nurse November/December, 1993 13-17.

Parfitt, J.M. (1990). Humorous preoperative teaching: Effect of recall of postoperative exercise routines. AORN Journal 52(1): 114-120.

Paulsen, T. (1989).Making Humor Work. Take Your Job Seriously and Yourself Lightly. Los Altos, California: Crisp Publications, Inc.

Robinson, Vera M.(1991). Humor and the Health Professions, 2nd ed. Thorofare, NJ: Slack Inc.

Robinson, V. (1978). Humor in Nursing. In Carlson, C. and Blackwell, B. (Eds.), Behavioral Concepts and Nursing Interventions. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company.

Robinson, V. (1974). The tactful use of humor in nursing. RN October: 38-39.

Rosenheim, E. and Golan, G. (1986). Patients' reactions to humorous interventions in psychotherapy. American Journal of Psychotherapy, 40(1): 110-124.

Saper, Bernard (1990). The therapeutic use of humor for psychiatric disturbances in adolescents and adults, Psychiatric Quarterly, 61(4): 261-272.

Saper, Bernard (1988). Humor in Psychiatric Healing, Psychiatric Quarterly, 59(4): 306-319.

Schaefner, N. (1981). The Art of Laughter. Columbia University Press.

Schulz, R., Bookwala, J., Knapp, J., Scheier, M., Williamson, G. (1996). Pessimism, age, and cancer mortality, Psychology and Aging, 11(2):304-309.

Simon, J. M. (1989) Humor techniques for oncology nurses. Oncology Nursing Forum 16(5): 667-670.

Smith, K. L. (1995). Medicinal Mirth: The Art and Science of Therapuetic Humor. Presentation to North Memorial Hospice and Home Care: Minneapolis.

Stone, A., Valdimarsdottir, H., Jandorf, L., Cox, D., Neale, J. (1987). Evidence that IgA antibody is associated with daily mood, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 52(5), 988-993.

Strickland, D. (1993). Seriously, laughter matters. Today's O.R. Nurse November/December:19-24

Walsh, J.J. (1928). Laughter and Health. New York: D. Appleton and Company. 147-8.

Woodhouse, D.K. (1993). The Aspects of Humor in Dealing With Stress. Nursing Administration Quarterly 18(1) 80-89.

Yovetich, N.A., Dale, A., & Hudak, M. (1990). Benefits of humor in reduction of threat induced anxiety. Psychological Reports 66:51-58.

Updated September 23, 2000