According to the official website (see below), "National Humor Month was founded in 1976 by best-selling humorist 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."
Why April? Mr. Wilde responds on his website: "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 which has sanctioned frivolity and pranks ever since the 1500's."
Websites with more information:
20 Types and Forms of Humor (Daily Writing Tips)
All About Humor (Psychology Today) - Links in 3 categories: "What's So Funny?", "Humor and Relationships", and "Comedians in Their Own Words".
April is National Humor Month (Healthline) - Article by the Healthline Editorial Team.
Get Serious About Laughter (Familywize) - This 2013 blog article inclues laughing baby videos.
International Society of Humor Studies - official website
Laughter for Your Health (Fullerton University) - information on Laughter Yoga
National Humor Month: Laughing Matters (Huffington Post) - article is from 2012, but the content is relevant.
Stress relief from laughter? It's no joke (Mayo Clinic)
These are a few of the books and e-books related to humor accessible to LWLC patrons
CamelliaNet has a humor section in its fiction category
(text & selections: NF):