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The Transformative Power of Humor in Healing

Join host Barry Shore in a thought-provoking conversation with Barbara Ann, exploring the transformative power of humor in our lives. Discover how comedy serves as a unique lens through which people perceive and cope with challenging news, offering a lighter perspective and creating hope amidst chaos. Barbara Ann shares insights from her work, including her role as Jester of the Peace, where humor intertwines with life’s celebrations, creating meaningful experiences. Explore the concept of reframing difficult stories with humor as a healing journey and learn about Barbara Ann’s innovative projects that aim to spread humor and wellness worldwide. This episode will inspire you to embrace humor as a life practice and explore how it can transform your perspective on life’s challenges.

Show Notes:

[11:16] Watching Comedy for News

  • People, especially in the United States, watch comedy shows late at night for news.
  • Comedy provides a lighter perspective on chaotic or upsetting news.
  • Humor creates space around pain, offering hope.
  • The first laugh in difficult situations is powerful
  • Comedy helps in the healing process, even for serious topics like war.
  • Humor is a human right and a spiritual practice.
  • A library of videos where people share hard, now-funny stories from their lives.
  • Reframing difficult stories with humor is part of the healing journey.
  • Humor is a life practice, not a one-time event.

[14:47] Jester of the Peace

  • Origin of the name from being a clown and performing wedding ceremonies.
  • Importance of humor in weddings and life celebrations.
  • Became an interfaith minister to add gravitas to the role.
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  • Audience participatory experiences creating interactive art.
  • Working title for a major project, exploring humor in various forms.
  • Visit for more information about Barbara Ann and her projects.

[30.44] Creating a Transformative Town

  • Barbara has been an educator for over 20 years, engaging in various participatory experiences, including comedy and dinner theater.
  • Unintentionally, Barbara has created a town with almost 20 unique establishments, such as the Love Letter Lounge, where people write letters to clear their hearts, and the Marriage Bureau, where people marry a part of themselves.
  • Barbara is now exploring the idea of putting this town into physical buildings to allow people to move from room to room and have transformative experiences.

[42.01] – The Power of Humor and Reframing

  • Encouraging listeners to consider what could be set free in their lives by finding a humorous reframe.
  • Highlighting the importance of listening to others who are ready to let go of past decisions due to difficult experiences.
  • Discussing the impact of humorous tales on the human spirit, as seen in war survivors.
  • Humor, art, and love are the top three connectors of the human spirit.
  • Emphasizing the importance of people finding and giving their gifts to humanity.
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  • Emphasizing the importance of finding the good in life.
  • Introduction to creating acronyms related to laughter, such as “Loving awareness unleashes genuine, healthy transformation, energizing rewards” (LAUGHTER)

[49.33] Laughing With vs. Laughing At

  • Discussing the distinction between laughing with others and laughing at them.
  • Exploring the impact of rejection on the human spirit.
  • Encouraging listeners to redirect their perspective towards laughing with difficult situations to promote healing and connection.
  • Barbara Ann’ desire to establish humor and wellness as a movement worldwide.
  • Encouraging the establishment of laughter buddies, reframe buddies, and towns of Humorville.
  • Discussing the sacred nature of humor, art, and love.

Insider Tips:

Oday joined IBM Consulting as the Global Sustainability leader in August 2023, bringing extensive experience in scaling businesses and a background in management consulting. Before joining IBM, Oday was the Founder & CEO of Better All Round (BAR), a B-Corp certified, innovative, ESG-focused diversified fiber-based business.

Under his leadership, BAR launched Ora Household Towel, a revolutionary product developed from initial concept to market within a year. Prior to launching BAR, Oday worked for over 20 years as a management consultant, starting his career at KPMG before moving to Accenture, where he held various leadership roles. At Accenture, Oday served as Global Head of Media & Entertainment, Global Head of Business Consulting for Communications, Media & High Tech, and Global Go-to-Market Lead of Accenture’s Analytics business.

Throughout his career, Oday has built strong teams and alliances while serving clients worldwide. In addition to his professional achievements, Oday has served as an advisor to several innovative start-ups and as a founding mentor for Henkel X.

Topics Covered:

  • What is generative AI and how can it help scale sustainability?
  • What will it take to bridge the gap between sustainability aspirations and action?
  • What are three things every business leader should know about generative AI?
  • How does generative AI help organizations collaborate better?
  • Where can our listeners go for more information?

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About Barbara Ann

Rev. Artist Barbara Ann Michaels, Jester of the Peace is a performance artist and ordained interfaith minister creating participatory experiences on humor and wellness. She playfully draws on familiar rituals of society — weddings, voting, telephone calls, parades, holidays and more — leading people from around the world to be seen, heard, celebrated and connected as they express themselves in fun or seriousness, or both, in the moment. When put together, her interactive activations and installations form a whole “town” for community self-expression. Her mission is to put humor back in the medicine cabinet for generations to come. Humor is Human!