Play and Playfulness Trigger Laughter
It is my life mission to share the evidence based research about the benefits of play, laughter and humor. Feel free to use these resources to support this effort to make a difference in the world. Laughter is contagious! Share it and infect others!
Jest For FUN
AATH (Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor) Conference Research
Red Tricycle: 190+ Jokes for Kids
Pun of the Day
Wiser Now: Nature, Nurture, Fun by Kathy Laurenhue
Neuroscience for Kids
Resources on Learning and the Brain
Exercise is the Best Medicine for our Brain by Dr. John Ratey
Yeah These handouts have been created as a component for workshop sessions. While they are designed for workshop participants, I am happy to share them with anyone who might benefit from these resources on the amazing benefits of humor and play.
Despondex: Depressant Drug For the Annoyingly Cheerful
Functions of Neurotransmitters
Books Recommended by Morrison
Creating Delight: Connecting Gratitude, Humor and Play for All Ages by Kathy Laurenhue
Find Your Funny The Humor Survival Guide by Barb Best and Joanne Jackal
Funny Bones: Comedy, Games and Activities for Kids by Lisa Bany-Winters
FUNWORKS by Leslie Yerkes
Heal Your Heart (Chapter 3- Laughing Matters) by Michael Miller
Humor that Works by Andrew Tarvin
Laughing at Cancer by Ros Ben-Moshe
Playful Intelligence and The Art of Roughhousing by Anthony T. DeBenedet
If Our Bodies Could Talk by James Hamblin (Part 2: How is Laughter Medicine?)
SPARK by John Ratey
Teaching Class Clowns by William Purkey
This Chair Rocks by Ashton Applewhite
This is Your Brain on Joy by Earl Henslin
Timeless Toys by Tim Walsh of The Playmakers
What’s So Funny About Diabetes? By Karyn Buxman
All books by Allen Klein
How to Tell a Joke by Mary Kay
So, you want to include telling jokes in you purposeful Humor Practice?
1. Make sure you practice the joke and can get it straight before you tell it.
2. Check it out with a close friend…I once told a naughty joke and did not realize it had another meaning. YIKES!
3. KISS – Keep it Short and Simple! Even a shorter story may bore folks if you add too many meaningless details.
4. Watch for the response from the audience; they will let you know if it is funny. Puns often elicit a groan, not a laugh!
5. Jokes are supposed to be funny, not hurtful. Remember even if you do not intend for a joke to be unkind, if the impact is hurtful, it is inappropriate.