Monday, March 14, 2011

National Humor Month Kicks Off with April Fool's Day

On June 28, 2008, I received the mantle of the auspicious position of Director of National Humor Month, with all responsibilities, rights, privileges and laughter appertaining thereto (along with a big box of funny stuff) from best-selling humorist and philanthropist, Larry Wilde, Director of The Carmel Institute of Humor who founded the special month in 1976. It is designed to heighten public awareness on how the joy and therapeutic value of laughter can improve health, boost morale, increase communication skills and enrich the quality of one's life.

We honor those who make us laugh, professionals and amateurs alike, as well as friends, neighbors, teachers, and relatives, including your Uncle Fred and your Aunt Tillie. This is the place where you can come to share ideas about how to celebrate humor, information about the ancient roots of humor and the myriad contemporary expressions of humor.

We look forward to encouraging humor in everyone's life around the world and all year long.

Special materials for teachers, parents, librarians and others interested in using humor to help kids enjoy reading are free at You will also find "Thirty Ways in 30 Days" ideas for celebrating National Humor Month, and a bunch of other good stuff...also free.

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