Mary Kay Morrison
Connection to Illinois: Morrison lives in Rockford. She attended Northern Illinois University. Biography: Mary Kay Morrison is an author, speaker and educator who has taught at virtually every level of the educational spectrum, while facilitating keynote presentations and workshop sessions for the past 30 years. Her work includes integrating what we know about applying cognitive research on both the emotions (particularity humor) to learning. In addition to humor and stress management, Mary Kay frequently conducts seminars on brain research, leadership, ADHD, group facilitation, parenting and mentoring. Mary Kay is founder and director of Humor Quest. She is past president and served on the AATH Board of Directors (Association of Applied and Therapeutic Humor). She is the recipient of the 2016 AATH Lifetime Achievement Award. She served as 2010-11 and 2015 conference chairs. In 2009, Morrison founded and currently directs the international AATH Humor Academy graduate study and certificate program. She has served on the board of the Rockford Network of Professional Women. She has served on the advisory committee for the Rockford YMCA with recognition in 2009 as volunteer of the year. She volunteers for Alignment Rockford and for the Early Learning Council of the Rockford Area. She enjoys Seedlings Garden Club and membership with "In Print". Morrison has produced 3 webinars for the Education Learning Network and has provided countless keynotes and international workshop presentations. Her publication, 'Using Humor to Maximize Learning" is used as a college text for teacher education courses. "Using Humor to Maximize Living" is also used as text and for study groups in business, health communities and education to explore the benefits of humor in the workplace.
|Legacy of Laughter
ISBN: 1736791303 OCLC: Humor Quest 2021 Grandparents have a hidden superpower-PLAYFULNESS! The power of play creates memories that will be forever etched in the mind of a child. It tickles the funny bone as it nurtures physical strength, mental agility and social skills. Play is vital not only for the growth and development of your grandchild, but play is enormously beneficial for adults as well. Sharing playful activities with your grandchild will not only nurture them but will energize you. This book presents a wealth of ideas to bring joy and fun into grand interactions. Grandparents have an extraordinary opportunity to make a significant impact on their grandchildren's lives and future. New grandparents as well as for those who are looking for new ways to enhance their grand relationships will find endless hours of fun within these pages.
|Using Humor to Maximize Learning: The Links between Positive Emotions and Education
ISBN: 1578867312 OCLC: 1253443003 R&L Education Lanham, Md. : 2007 What is humor exactly? How do you use it to maximize learning? If it is so important, why is it rarely mentioned in teacher preparation without some clues for finding and using it? The purpose of this book is to affirm, sustain, and encourage educators in the practice of humor not only as a personal tool to optimize a healthy lifestyle, but to maximize the benefits of humor in education. These benefits include current research-based data on the use of humor to nurture creativity, to increase the capacity for memory retention, to support an optimal learning environment and to build safe communities that reflect the relational trust necessary for collaborative learning. An environment of fun is an indicator of a culture of trust. Each chapter of this book includes a study group format and powerful practice ideas for leaders. These tools can facilitate creative data analysis for educational leaders interested in understanding the relatively new field of positive psychology and how it can contribute to a joyful learning environment that promotes collaborative relationships.
|Using Humor to Maximize Living: Connecting With Humor
ISBN: 1610484878 OCLC: Lanham : R&L Education Lanham : 2012 Humor gets very little respect! While references to the importance of having a sense of humor are liberally sprinkled throughout the popular media, and it is usually mentioned as one of the qualities of effective employees, it is rare to find purposeful humor practice. Humor is without a doubt the one quality that most of us agree is needed in life. However, it is rare to find serious applications on the benefits of applying humor in everyday life and in our world of work. When the federal government tried to incorporate humor into a staff development program of a federal agency, there was an outcry. It seems that humor was thought to be a waste of taxpayer money, and the program was axed. The purpose of Using Humor to Maximize Living is to affirm, sustain, and encourage people in the practice of humor not only as a personal tool to optimize a healthy lifestyle, but also to maximize the benefits of humor in everyday life. Check out the research that includes a review on the use of humor to nurture creativity, to increase the capacity for memory retention, to support an optimal work environment, and to build safe communities that reflect the relational trust necessary for maximizing living.