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Buy the book & Join Humor Academy Feb. 14 2014
By Helen Stucky Risdon - Published on
Format: Paperback
Not only do I agree with the other reviewers that rated it 5 stars, I think that it would also make a great e-book.

In this day and age having short YouTube videos for each chapter would enhance it to platinum stars. The resources listed will get interested people connected with "their tribe"...starting with the Association of Applied and Therapeutic Humor. [...]

In a perfect world, this book would be required reading for anyone in a leadership role...parents and employers and those that run institutions, public schools, and social agencies. Then we could weave together and really solve the adult and childhood bullying and self-esteem and communication issues in a kind,compassionate, fun way...and that all makes for a healthier world!
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For those of us who don't do stand-up Feb. 13 2013
By Kathy Laurenhue - Published on
Format: Paperback
I admit to bias in reviewing this book because I am an advisor to the AATH (Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor) Humor Academy for which it is the primary text in Level I and has proven to be an excellent resource. But I also recommend it for everyone who fits the category of "cheerful, rather than funny." The book contains many examples of jokes and ideas for enlivening our daily lives, but it is not a comedian's guidebook. I am not funnier because I have read this book, but I am consciously aware of how to appropriately use humor to lighten the mood in almost any situation. Furthermore, everything Mary Kay Morrison recommends is research based. The tagline for my company, Wiser Now, is "Backed by science, fueled by fun." It could be hers, too.
~ Kathy Laurenhue, Wiser Now, Inc.
Mary Kay Morrison explains and illustrates the fundamentals of 'applied humor.' Feb. 19 2013
By Karyn Buxman - Published on
Format: Paperback
We're not talking comedy here, but humor that is applied in specific situations for specific purposes. "Using Humor to Maximize Living" is about creating a more humorous and joyful atmosphere at work by incorporating humor into your leadership, management and work skills. Leaders today must know how to create teams and motivate individuals and groups. All workers must become more flexible and interactive with their colleagues, and this is where humor can be so helpful. Morrison teaches that humor is one of the important elements in a leader's, managers, or worker's tool belt of workplace skills. I recommend it to my audiences and my grad students.
Karyn Buxman, neurohumorist,
former President of The Association for Applied & Therapeutic Humor,
author/publisher of the series: "What's So Funny About... ?" (Diabetes, Heart Disease, Nursing, and more...)
The learning of laughter Feb. 5 2013
By Lisa Warsinske - Published on
Format: Paperback
Using Humor to Maximize Living is a well researched writing.
I recommend it especially for leaders who want to learn how to connect to their teams. You will find ideas as well as articles on why humor works. There are gems in this book that made me giggle, and others that made me slap my head and exclaim "A Ha! That makes sense now!"
I have marked many areas to go back to or to share with my own team.
Thank you Mary Kay, for taking the time and researching the 'how' of humor so we can incorporate funny into everyday living or right to the board room.

Lisa Warsinske
Humor and Joyful Living Dec 18 2012
By Jill P Knox - Published on
Format: Paperback
This enlightening book by Mary Kay Morrison illustrates how applying humor to education, the workplace, and daily living can not only enhance these areas, but can also be practiced and learned. The author provides the most recently available research in the field of neurobiology to further educate the reader about the relativly new field of humor studies.
Each chapter contains engaging, fun, and useful humor tools as well as a "Jest for Fun" box that provides oopportunities for the reader to use these tools. Her use of charts, cartoons, and jokes sprinkled throughout make this a pleasant book to read. Humor and joy can be accessed every day, as Mary Kay clearly demonstrates.

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