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I’m delighted that Mary Kay Morrison has been able to put her wisdom and knowledge onto the page....The book is a grab bag for all kinds of research, observations and suggestions for how to put more fun in your life. (Psychology Today)

Using Humor to Maximize Living captures and reviews the current research on the science of humor.  It also describes some groundbreaking studies on the neurobiology of humor, as well as what we currently understand about our own humor development. As a result of these new insights, Mary Kay shows us how to truly maximize our daily living and interactions with others through the modernization of these new humor applications. Mary Kay has been teaching and facilitating workshops about the benefits of humor for over 20 years. She has a vast knowledge-base in humor and it continues to be a privilege to work together in teaching the international graduate Humor Academy classes for the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor. (Lee Berk)

Using Humor to Maximize Living is a groundbreaking book that brings in the latest that neuroscience has to offer on humor and the brain. Mary Kay is a gifted teacher, writer, and trainer of people at all levels on how to apply humor to everyday living. She now takes her years of experience of working with people in both the classroom and as a trainer to share numerous practical applications. Whether you are a teacher, health care professional or lay person...you will find this book a key to a joy-filled life. (Earl Henslin)

In Using Humor to Maximize Living, Mary Kay Morrison explains and illustrates the fundamentals of “applied humor.” We’re not talking about “comedy” here, but humor that is applied in specific situations for specific purposes. This gem of a book is about creating a more humorous and joyful atmosphere at work, and doing that by incorporating humor into your leadership, management and work skills. Leaders today must know how to create teams, and motivate individuals and groups. And all workers must become more flexible and interactive with their colleagues. And this is where humor can be so helpful. Mary Kay teaches that humor is one of the important elements in a leader’s or manager’s or worker’s toolbelt of workplace skills. (Karyn Buxman)

Mary Kay Morrison's new book, Using Humor to Maximize Living, is where application meets theory.  It will give you the 'how to' in living a more joyful, productive, and happy life (not to mention funnier). (Chip Lutz, president, Association of Applied and Therapeutic Humor; author; and retired Navy Officer)

Morrison’s comprehensive research of the science of humor effects and life long involvement in education as a teacher, consultant, and innovator of the AATH Humor Academy have positioned her as the go- to resource in understanding the phenomenal impact of humor applied to our lives. Highly useable, this book gives us a blueprint for positive living …an invaluable insight in today’s world. (Cheri Ellis Campbell Ph.D, Asst. Professor of Communication, University of Wisconsin, Waukesha)

“What’s to smile about in these tough economic times? If you’re looking for a lift, check out Mary Kay Morrison’s new book, using Humor to Maximize Living. Accompanying the text are cartoons by Rockford’s own Bruce Quest” “The purpose of this book is to affirm, sustain and encourage people in the practice of humor not only as a personal tool to optimize a healthy lifestyle, but to maximize the benefits of humor in everyday life” “Morrison is an author, speaker and educator who has taught at virtually every level of the educational spectrum, while facilitating keynote presentations and workshop sessions for the past 30 years. Her work includes integrating what we know about applying cognitive research on both the emotions (particularly humor) to learning” (Rock River Times)

About the Author

Mary Kay Morrison, founder and director of Humor Quest, is enthusiastic about exploring the links between cognitive research and humor. She is an educator who has taught at virtually every level of the educational spectrum, presenting keynote and workshop sessions for international audiences. She serves on the board of directors for AATH (Association of Applied and Therapeutic Humor), and is founder and director of the AATH Humor Academy graduate and certificate programs.

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For those of us who don't do stand-up Feb. 13 2013
By Kathy Laurenhue - Published on Amazon.com
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Buy the book & Join Humor Academy Feb. 14 2014
By Helen Stucky Risdon - Published on Amazon.com
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!
Mary Kay Morrison explains and illustrates the fundamentals of 'applied humor.' Feb. 19 2013
By Karyn Buxman - Published on Amazon.com
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...)
A Fabulous Humor Resource Aug. 10 2012
By Heather A. Wandell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Mary Kay does a brilliant job of combining personal stories of applied humor with neuroscience in her new book "Using Humor To Maximize Living: Connecting With Humor". It is quite clear in this book that without the personal stories on therapeutic humor and how peoples lives have been positively influenced by playfulness, fun, and laughter, half the evidence would be missing. And that said, science and research provides the validation that something bigger is going on inside our bodies. Morrison makes this a complete humor package with her thought provoking conversation starters, activities, and even a shopping list! I would highly recommend this book for healthcare workers, educators,and anyone who is interested in the innate ability we have to heal ourselves and our relationships.

Heather Wandell
Speaker and Author
Another Way To See It, LLC
Excellent source of information about what, why, when and how to use humor to maximize your life. July 11 2012
By Linda MacNeal - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The author, Mary Kay Morrison offers more than enough descriptive information, practice exercises, study questions, and resources to guide all levels of humor enthusiasts in their goal to more fully integrate humor into their lives. Her insightful and precise definitions add new clarity to this field that is finally being recognized as the source of health and joy that it has been for so many years already. This book is the real deal. Many books spend half the book convincing the reader that they need more humor. Mary Kay shows you the ways to achieve it. Bravo and thank you for your efforts to deliver the goods on my favorite subject, Humor.

Linda MacNeal, President of HumorSolutions

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