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Using Humor to Maximize Living: Connecting With Humor [Paperback]

Mary Kay Morrison

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Book Description

March 29 2012 1610484886 978-1610484886 2nd Edition
Humor gets very little respect! While references to the importance of having a sense of humor are liberally sprinkled throughout the popular media, and it is usually mentioned as one of the qualities of effective employees, it is rare to find purposeful humor practice. Humor is without a doubt the one quality that most of us agree is needed in life. However, it is rare to find serious applications on the benefits of applying humor in everyday life and in our world of work. When the federal government tried to incorporate humor into a staff development program of a federal agency, there was an outcry. It seems that humor was thought to be a waste of taxpayer money, and the program was axed. The purpose of Using Humor to Maximize Living is to affirm, sustain, and encourage people in the practice of humor not only as a personal tool to optimize a healthy life style, but also to maximize the benefits of humor in everyday life. Check out the research that includes a review on the use of humor to nurture creativity, to increase the capacity for memory retention, to support an optimal work environment, and to build safe communities that reflect the relational trust necessary for maximizing living.

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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 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!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 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.
5.0 out of 5 stars 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...)
4.0 out of 5 stars The learning of laughter Feb. 5 2013
By Lisa Warsinske - Published on Amazon.com
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
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5.0 out of 5 stars Humor and Joyful Living Dec 18 2012
By Jill P Knox - Published on Amazon.com
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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