Laughter, Motivation, & Medicine: WWU Connections Event

Posted on: Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - 9:48am

WWU Connections Brown Bag Discussion
Tuesday May 10   Noon - 1 pm
Village Books
1200 11th St, Fairhaven 

"Laughter: Motivation & Medicine"

Can humor motivate your employees, students, social group and loved ones to succeed? Yes.

Can it cure illness? Well… it doesn’t hurt.

Research shows us that laughter can be used to enhance people’s health and memory by stimulating the immune system and both sides of the brain. A sense of humor has also been found to be an excellent antidote to apprehension and panic.

It has been demonstrated that when used in a classroom or training session, laughter builds trust, relieves test anxiety, makes learning more fun and helps students remember information longer. Using personal anecdotes from his long teaching career and from his experience with three life-threatening illnesses, Robert Keiper will show you how laughter can be both motivational and medicinal.

Dr. Robert Keiper is Associate Professor of Secondary Education at Woodring College of Education. He supervises student teachers and is the instructor for “The Dynamics of Teaching,” a required course at Woodring College of Education. Dr. Keiper has more than 20 years’ public school teaching experience and has been at Western since 1990. He has presented his “Teacher As Actor” workshops nationwide.

WESTERN CONNECTIONS is a brown bag speaker series highlighting the expertise of WWU faculty and staff., co-presented by Village Books & the Western Washington University Libraries.