Dave Ebert on the Benefits of Improv and Mental Health
Improv coach and credentialed minister, Dave Ebert, discusses the benefits of improv in his life and as a ministry to others. See the full show notes at BeyondTheRut.com/250Improv and Mental Health“Laughter is the tangible evidence of hope.” - Michael Junior, Christian comedianImprovisation is the form of comedy where you make up your lines on the fly. Having done this a few times through corporate training events, I can say with confidence there is a sense of liberation when it comes to embracing improv. It forces you to get out of your comfort zone and connect with both yourself and others.The benefits of improv carry over into mental health. Studies show there is a significant improvement in one’s sense of connection and well-being. Social anxiety disorder, for example, has a prevalence in the United States around 12%, and improvisation has shown that improv and mental health are a great combination in reducing the effects of social anxiety disorder according to the Journal of Creativity and Mental Health.The benefits of improv come from its elements of connection in group cohesiveness, play, exposure, and within the safety net of humor. Humor is known for increasing certain endorphins in our brains to make us feel happier as well.Improv coach, minister, podcaster, and former professional wrestler, Dave Ebert, will take us through the concepts of improv therapy for his life as well as the impact it has on others today through his platform Gifts4Glory and his improv troop known as Well Versed Comedy.About Dave EbertDave is the founder of Gifts for Glory Ministries, as well as the founder of both Well Versed Comedy and PureFest. Dave moved to Chicago to pursue a life and career in ministry to use his gifts for God's glory. Whether it be making people laugh during an improv show, moving the audience with a dramatic role, preaching the Word of God from the pulpit, or inspiring a crowd from the podium, Dave is right at home in front of a crowd.His testimony about how God delivered him from depression and suicidal ideations through the benefits of improv has helped many people find healing and hope for the last 8 years.Dave and his wife, Bobbie, have been married since 2015 and reside in the southwest Chicago suburbs with their three cats. They attend and are active in Thrive Church, Lockport, Ill.