CARMEL, CA -- Americans, Canadians, Australians, South Africans,
New Zealanders, and the British, from healthcare professionals to
scholars to giggling grade schoolers, will be brushing up on the benefits
of belly laughs this April in celebration of National Humor Month.
National Humor Month was founded in 1976 by comedian and best-selling
author Larry Wilde, Director of The Carmel Institute of Humor. 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.
"Since April is often bleak and grim and taxes are due on the 15th,
it can be one of the most stressful times of the year," says Wilde,
author of 53 books on the subject of humor. "Besides," adds Wilde,
"it's the only month that begins with All Fool's Day -- a day which
has sanctioned frivolity and pranks ever since the 1500's."
The idea of laughing and the use of humor as a tool to lift ailing
spirits is growing. Scientific research now indicates that the curative
power of laughter and its ability to relieve debilitating stress and
burnout may indeed be one of the great medical discoveries of our
In his book Anatomy of An Illness, author Norman Cousins cited
laughter as an effective tool for promoting the healing process. In
Cousins' words, "Laughter is internal jogging."
Internationally known as a premiere platform humorist, Wilde offers
a five-point program to manage stress,
overcome personal turmoil and postpone our insanity. "Humor is very
personal. What you think is funny, someone else may not. But it's
important to laugh and to get all the big laughs you can."
Are you ready to enjoy National Humor Month, or is
there too much stress in your life? Try reading Larry's practical
tips on using humor to wipe out stress.
Larry is internationally known as a premier platform humorist. He
offers a five-point program to manage stress, overcome personal turmoil,
and postpone our insanity. "Humor is very personal. What you
think is funny, someone else may not. But it's important to laugh
and get all the big laughs you can."
National Humor Month Director, Steve Wilson, is an award-winning
psychologist who has spent thirty years specializing in applied and
therapeutic humor with a humanitarian mission. For more info, see