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I had an amazing time presenting “Laugh Your Way to Resilience: Humor, Health, Healing” at the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor Conference in Sunny Orlando Florida! View the POWERPOINT I used here. 

CHECK OUT more pictures, videos and a recap at

How does humor bring us closer to our hearts when our circumstances feel larger than our identities?  Why does sharing our story have the power to transform our experience?  How can we use creative expression to share our truth in a way that breeds compassion?  And what’s so funny about PTSD? 

Charlie Chaplin once said, “To truly laugh, you must be able to take your pain and play with it.”

In this keynote, I shared the secrets to resilience.  Finding your CONTAINER.  

What’s a container?  Anything that can contain all of the “not so funny” feelings you might encounter on a detour.

And what’s a detour…? Find out here.

Here are some links that I referred to in my presentation:

Find out how to share your DETOUR story on my blog every week.

Learn about my one-woman musical, Gutless & Grateful, and send me a note if you’re interested in having me come to you!

Learn about the audiences I speak and perform for…healthcare, nurses, survivors of assault, college students, and a lot of other people too!

And my program, Post Traumatic Gifts, where we can all learn to find the gifts of adversity, at

I also gave a little teaser for my “Four Hard-Core Skills to resilience.” What are they?

You can check out my tips for each “hard-core skill” here! (And much more on my blog)

  1. Gratitude (Make an A to Z Gratitude List)
  2. Hope (Lie to yourself…seriously!)
  3. Creativity (Doodle for five minutes, then rip it up – it’s just for you!)
  4. Sharing Your Story (Not ready? Read about someone else’s)

If you try any of these tools, I’d love to hear what it was like for you! Be sure to send me a note, or tweet me @amyoes!  

You can also adapt these skills for young adults by teaching you adult to be mindful by example.

So many more articles, where to start?  Well, I mentioned the book Waking the Tiger by Peter Levine, resources on art therapy, trauma, and healing.  You can find those articles specifically in my Selected Articles archive:  But definitely search around my site to find much more!

You can learn more about my book coming out, My Beautiful Detour.

I also mentioned that I discovered art by accident.  I found art accidentally on my way to healing from physical and emotional trauma, and have learned that it is one of the most rewarding, forgiving, beautiful ways to find my way through the darkness and into the light.  You can view my art galleries HERE, view my art for sale HERE, and even learn about my expressive workshops HERE.

But the most favorite workshops I lead?  Detourist workshops!  Find out more about the fun we have at that link!

Anyway, there’s a ton more, but I’ll leave you with this for now.  Send me a note if I can help in any way!  

Check out my speaking reel here:

See my articles on trauma, healing and creativity at

Get a free guide to finding your own creativity at

And a ton more if you subscribe!





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