Zoom Autism Magazine Issue 3 Spring 2015 - Page 57

Did you know that April is 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 that has sanctioned frivolity and pranks ever since the 1500s.” Zoom Autism Through Many Lenses 57