You don’t have to be a scientist to know that humor and laughter make you feel good. So is it the endorphins? the ridiculousness? the punch line? your racing pulse? your big breaths? identifying with the joke, story, cartoon? Why does a belly laugh bring tears? We will share and learn together the answers to these and even more questions as we explore the connections between happiness, humor, laughter, health, and life in general. Please bring your jokes, stories, whatever makes you laugh, makes you happy.
Dr. Elcha Buckman is a smart, nice and fun person who comes from a funny family, and has passed this on to her sons (is it genetic?). She can be funny but since graduate school in 1975 she sometimes takes her humor very seriously. Elcha holds a BS, MS, and PhD from Boston University and is certified in child, adolescent, and family psychiatry, but admits these aren’t required to be humorous and laugh. For over 70 years Elcha has observed, listened, studied, researched, lectured, published, and practiced humor to help people find their happiness, sense of humor and health. In addition to loving that, her hobbies are her friends, children, grandchildren, Mini-Schnauzer, needlework, music, swimming, and exploring.
This presentation, part of a fall series entitled Senior College in the Community, is made possible by a partnership with Senior College at USM Lewiston-Auburn College. Lewiston-Auburn Senior College has a long-standing relationship with community partners. After two years of Covid constraints, Senior College in the Community programming is once again being offered. In addition to this program, Senior College offers in person, Zoom, and hybrid enrichment classes. For more information about Senior College, visit usm.maine.edu/seniorcollege.
Monday Oct 24, 2022
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM