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Achor, Shawn (2018). The Happiness Advantage: How a Positive Brain Fuels Success in Work and Life.

Allen, Steve (1998). How to Be Funny.

Antion, Tom (1997). Wake ’em Up! How to Use Humor & Other Professional Techniques to Create Alarmingly Good Business Presentations.

Apatow, Judd (2016). Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy.

Bianculli, David (2010). Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour”

Carter, Judy (2020). The NEW Comedy Bible: The Ultimate Guide to Writing and Performing Stand-Up Comedy.

Cousins, Norman (1981). Anatomy of an Illness as Perceived by the Patient.

Frazier, Ian (2011).  Humor Me: An Anthology of Funny Contemporary Writing (Plus Some Great Old Stuff Too).

Frieberg, Kevin & Freiberg, Jackie (1996). Nuts!: Southwest Airlines’ Crazy Recipe for Business and Personal Success.

Garland, Ron (1991). Making Work Fun: Doing Business With a Sense of Humor.

Gilbert, Daniel (2007). Stumbling on Happiness.

Gostick, Adrian & Christopher, Scott (2008). The Levity Effect: Why it Pays to Lighten Up.

Hemsath & Yerkes (1997). 301 Ways to Have Fun At Work.

Klein, Allen (1989). The Healing Power of Humor: Techniques for Getting Through Loss, Setbacks, Upsets, Disappointments, Difficulties, Trials, Tribulations, and All That Not-So-Funny Stuff.

Katz, Mark (2004). Clinton and Me: A Real Life Political Comedy.

Knoedelseder, William (2009). I’m Dying Up Here: Heartbreak and High Times in Stand-up Comedy’s Golden Era.

Kushner, Malcolm (1991). Light Touch: How to Use Humor for Business Success.

Lamott, Anne (1995). Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life.

Martin, Steve (2008).  Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life.

McGhee, Paul E. (1996). Health Healing and Amuse System: Humor As Survival Training.

McGraw, Peter & Warner, Joel (2015). The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny.

Nesteroff, Kliph (2015). The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels and the History of American Comedy.

Orben, Robert (2000). Speaker’s Handbook of Humor.

Peale, Norman Vincent (2003). The Power of Positive Thinking.

Perret, Gene (2007). The New Comedy Writing Step by Step: Revised and Updated with Words of Instruction, Encouragement, and Inspiration from Legends of the Comedy Profession.

Robertson, Jeanne (2015). Don’t Let the Funny Stuff Get Away.

Ross, Bob (1998). Funny Business Solutions &: The Art of Using Humor Constructively.

Sacks, Mike (2009).  And Here’s the Kicker: Conversations with 21 Top Humor Writers on their Craft.

Sacks, Mike (2014). Poking a Dead Frog: Conversations with Today’s Top Comedy Writers.

Schimmel, Robert (2008). Cancer on Five Dollars a Day (chemo not included): How Humor Got Me Through the Toughest Journey of My Life.

Weinstein, Matt (1996). Managing to Have Fun: How Fun at Work Can Motivate Your Employees, Inspire Your Coworkers, and Boost Your Bottom Line.

Wilde, Larry (2000). Great Comedians Talk About Comedy.