National Humor Month Kicks Off with April Fool’s Day

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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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Steve Wilson

Award-winning psychologist, Steve Wilson, also known as The Joyologist and The Cheerman of the Bored, has spent 30 years specializing in applied and therapeutic humor with a humanitarian mission. As Director of National Humor Month, he intertwines science and ancient wisdom with substance and humor to create practical methods to lead the world to health, happiness and peace through laughter. More than six thousand people have completed his unique training in how to create therapeutic laughter, and tens of thousands more around the world have been uplifted by his talks, classes, books, and articles. He established the World Laughter Tour, Inc., in 1998, to be a rich resource and inspiration for improving productivity, health, and well being in business, healthcare and education. For more information and