David Jacobson is a professional speaker on leadership, team building, humor and health and overcoming trauma. He is the former Chief of Social Work of the Phoenix VA where he assisted in improving their mental health system. He is also the former Social Work Manager at University Medical Center who worked with the patients and families of traumas including the tragic shooting event in Tucson that happened at his hospital January 8th, 2011, which resulted in a personal thank you from the President for his work with the shooting victims and their families. David has served on the Board of Directors of the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor (AATH). In addition, he is one of a very few Board Certified Humor Professionals, an honor bestowed through the Three Year Humor Academy of AATH. David has been featured internationally by various media outlets, including magazines, journals and television from London to Seoul, Korea.
David Jacobson suffered many losses early in his life including a diagnosis with a severe form of arthritis at 22 in 1980. Since then, he has become a living example that you can accomplish anything if you truly believe in yourself. Through his years of struggling with chronic pain, he developed humor techniques that got him through the hard times.
His many honors include a "President's Award" from Flashnet Marketing, Inc., A Lifetime Achievement Award and a "National Hero Overcoming Arthritis" award by the Arthritis Foundation National Office for completing a 50 mile unicycle ride at a fund raising event, and the Wayne Washburn Memorial Award.
For the past fifteen years, Mr. Jacobson has worked as a hospital administrator in addition to his writing, speaking and consulting career. He is currently the Director of Behavioral Health Case Management at Banner University Medical Center in Tucson.
7 1/2 Habits To Help You Become More Humorous, Happier & Healthier
"7 1/2 Habits To Help You Become More Humorous, Happier & Healthier" is an easy and fun book to read. The practical applications on how to improve your sense of humor make this a 'keeper.' This book reveals the mysteries to improving your sense of humor to be happier, healthier, have better relationships and make you a more humorous person. This funny, uplifting and endearing book will teach you the secrets of using humor to decrease stress, cope with adversity and enhance the good times. It tells the story of one man's rise from the depths of illness and chronic pain to the heights of success attributable to his daily humor habits. He explains his discovery of how the simple use of HUMOR can transform your life and the world you live in.
The Jacobson Joy Inventory: A New Look at Measuring Depression
This guide makes a serious and compelling case for exploring different ways to measure depression and how a sense of humor can and should be used to enhancement treatments of mental illness. This unique guide not only includes invaluable measurement tools for exploring new ways to measure depression, it is seriously funny.