National Humor Month (celebrated each April) was founded in 1976 by comedian and best-selling author Larry Wilde, Director of The Carmel Institute of Humor.

According to the website National Humor Month (April) was conceived as a means to heighten public awareness of the therapeutic value of humor. Laughter and joy – the benchmarks of humor – lead to improved well-being, boosted morale, increased communication skills, and an enriched quality of life.

Scott Friedman who was the president of the National Speakers’ Association (2004 – 2005) has several suggestions about how to celebrate this month. Here is my revised (and shortened) version.

  • Celebrate the first stress of the day! Having a hard time getting moving in the morning? Call a friend and go for a stroll around the park. Dishes left in the sink from last night? Computer issues? Bravo! or latte and a chocolate croissant. Then, being rejuvenated, do the dishes or find someone to fix the computer issues if you can’t do it yourself.
  • Change the word “deadline” to “finish line” to celebrate all completions.
  • Be a Cookie Monster! Come in early to drop off a cookie (or chocolate!!) on each employee’s desk. No note. No announcement. Surprise!
  • Practice kind acts of random. Go to the Dollar Store and buy something whimsical. Better yet, choose something that you already own. The third person who smiles at you today, receives a gift. No explanation necessary. Ok, maybe just a” Thank you for smiling at me today!”
  • Having a difficult day? Play theme music Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive.”
  • Make an “already done” list and celebrate your accomplishments.
  • Have a celebration. Send out child-like invitations to your party or next meeting. Everyone brings a gift for a needy child.
  • At your party or meeting and celebrate your guest’s ‘inner child’ by posting baby pictures on a bulletin board and guessing who’s who.
  • Play Name that hum. Organize a ‘hum-along’. It’s hard to be stressed when you’re humming.

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