My next book: Legacy of Laughter:
A Grandparent Guide and Playbook to be released in 2021!
Chapter 1: The Science of Humor; Laughter Does a Body Good by Mary Kay Morrison
Mary Kay Morrison’s teachings are available in two books and numerous scholarly publications.
Using Humor to Maximize Learning: Exploring Links between Positive Emotions and Education is the text for humor studies courses at several universities. It affirms, sustains and encourages educators in the practice of humor not only as a personal tool to optimize a healthy lifestyle, but to maximize the benefits of humor in education. These benefits include current research-based data on the use of humor to nurture creativity, to increase the capacity for memory retention, to support an optimal learning environment and to build safe communities that reflect the relational trust necessary for collaborative learning.
An environment of fun is an indicator of a culture of trust. Each chapter of this book includes a study group format and powerful practice ideas for leaders. These tools can facilitate creative data analysis for educational leaders interested in understanding the relatively new field of positive psychology and how it can contribute to a joyful learning environment that promotes collaborative relationships.
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Using Humor to Maximize Living is Mary Kay’s second book and will be published by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, an academic press based in Maryland, in March 2012 in hardback, paperback, and electronic forms.
It is currently being used as the text for the international AATH (Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor) Humor Academy and CHP (Certified Humor Professional) Certificate program. All are invited to attend this fun and informative AATH conference, with continuing education (CE) credits available for nurses, counselors and social workers and CME for Doctors.
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Books with Morrison as guest author
You Were the Easiest by Morrison. Contribution to Your Glasses are on Top of Your Head: Tales of Life, Longevity and Laughter by Brenda Elsagher Wise Ink Press. 2015
Psychology Today Book Review; Mary Kay Morrison’s Words to Live By: More Rules, Less Fun by Gina Barreca
Essay: The Crafting of Doily Lamas by Mary Kay Morrison page 158 in Fast Funny Women by Gina Barreca. Woodhall Press. To be published October 2020
Articles Authored by Mary Kay Morrison
- How Did I Get This Old This Fast? AATH Humor Voice 2020
- Hot Topic: Using Humor to Maximize Learning
- The American Institute of Stress. Contentment Volume 7 Number 3 page 10. Bubble Wrap and Bubble Gum. Where Did the Summer Go?
- Top Ten Reasons Why Humor is FUNdamental to Education; IAE Newsletter
Articles Quoting Morrison
- AATH Humor Voice June 2016
- Washington Post; Why Schools Should Be Funnier:
- Star Tribune: When is Dying A Laughing Matter? Hospice Humor by Allie Shah:
- Rockford Register Star: Morrison Honored at Humor Conference in San Diego
The Top Ten Reasons Why Humor is FUNdamental to Education
At the invitation of her mentor, author, Robert Sylwester published Mary Kay’s Article “The Top Ten Reasons Why Humor is FUNdamental to Education” in IAE (Information Age Education) newsletter It is also included in an e-book format on Creating an Appropriate 21st Century Education.