April 14th as....

International Moment of Laughter Day!


When was the last time you gave yourself permission to laugh out loud in public? Well, get ready to do it again, because April 14 has been set aside to do just that, according to "America's Humorologist" Izzy Gesell.

To encourage more people to laugh, he invites America and the whole world to join in the fun on April 14, the planet's International Moment of Laughter Day. You can celebrate by:

  • laughing out loud at the funny cards in a greeting card shop

  • calling a friend to share a funny story

  • getting naked, looking in the mirror and laughing

  • buying a "laugh-box" in a joke shop and turning it on at work or at home

  • showing your baby pictures to someone who's never seen them

  • thinking up your own way to get someone else to laugh with you

  • or just laughing for no apparent reason at al

Izzy Gesell, a professional speaker, trainer, author and humor consultant is the head honcho of Wide Angle Humor, the company that guarantees to broaden your smile and jiggle your belly. "Laughter comes right after breathing as just about the healthiest thing you can do." says Izzy. "It relieves stress, instills optimism, raises self-confidence, defuses resistance to change, and enhances all your relationships."

As a humorologist, Gesell not only makes humor work on many different levels, he even knows how it works. "That's the difference between a humorologist and a comedian" he says. "I'm interested in the science and structure of humor, as well as its delivery. I'm like the magician who takes you backstage and shows you how the tricks work."

Izzy's programs are designed to tickle the funny bone while sending ripples through both halves of the brain, arousing the cognitive senses. More than lifting the spirits of his audiences, he boosts their self-esteem. Not only do people laugh at Izzy's presentations, they learn how to laugh more often by increasing their "laugh-ability."

You might call Izzy Gesell the "thinking person's humorist." He holds a BA in Psychology, an MS in Education and a P...that's 1/3 of a PHD, "Business, management and personal improvement experts recognize laughter as a significant individual and organizational wellness tool," notes Gesell. Among the audiences warmly responding to his techniques have been those at Chrysler Corporation, Hewlett Packard, NYNEX and the US House of Representatives.