Mary Kay Morrison, Founder and Director Humor Quest
Educator, Author, Speaker
As a kindergarten teacher, Mary Kay became fascinated with the positive impact that play and had on brain development. Her journey into the research provided opportunities to share cognitive research with educators around the world. She found that play and laughter not only maximize learning, but that therapeutic humor and a focus on play can be a treatment for anxiety, stress and depression. Her interactive presentations on the neuroscience of humor, have made a powerful impact on diverse groups including administrators, financial advisors, and educators. As past president of AATH (Association of Applied and Therapeutic Humor), she continues to serve as the founder and director of the AATH Humor Academy and CHP (Certified Humor Professional) program. In 2016, She was the AATH Lifetime Achievement award recipient. Her book, “Using Humor to Maximize Living” is the text for numerous college courses.
Mary Kay’s latest publication, “Legacy of Laughter: A Grandparent Guide and Playbook” will be published in 2021. Grandparents have a unique opportunity to learn, develop and apply their superpowers to make a significant difference in the lives of their grandchildren. A loving relationship that involves playful interactions will provide incredible benefits that may even convince grandkids to spend more time in play and less time on their devices.