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  • "I laughed by myself, I laughed with myself, I laughed at myself - the Prilleltenskys gave me great insights and great laughs. This is how learning should be. I highly recommend this book, as a gift to yourself and those you love - and maybe even some people you don't like, because you might get to like them after they read this book and laugh more."
    Fathali M. Moghaddam
    Author of "Mutual Radicalization: How groups and nations push each other to extremes"
  • “In the concluding book of their “Laughing Guides” trilogy, Isaac and Ora Prilleltensky deliver on their ambitious project to educate, entertain, and enliven us on the path to a better life. They skillfully draw on a diversity of treasured resources and bring to bear their own poignant, funny, and always endearing life stories to inspire and encourage. A bow of gratitude to these two gifted researchers and teachers for helping the world become a better place, and providing a useful roadmap for each of us to become a happier and more fulfilled version of ourselves.”
    Scott Rogers
    Professor, School of Law, Co-Director, UMindfullness Institute.
  • What a gem of a book. Serious and fun, sophisticated and accessible, academically rigorous and practical. But be forewarned: Do not read this book in libraries, in quiet cars on trains, or around people who're asleep. You're going to be making excessive noise as you LOL (on your way to a happier life.
    Tal Ben Shahar
    Best Selling Author of Happier
  • The Prilleltenskys have authored a highly engaging, down-to-earth, research-informed volume on how to enhance the quality of your life. If you follow their advice – and you should – you will also enhance the lives of those around you. And did I mention that The Laughing Guide to Change is funny? It is, often in laugh-out-loud fashion (though the Miami Chamber of Commerce might not agree). By the time I finished this book I very much wanted to meet Isaac and Ora in person; their story exemplifies the psychological resilience they write about.
    Michael Morris
    Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Psychology, University of New Haven
  • We hear a lot about setting “SMART” goals to achieve desired change in our lives but not nearly enough about how to pursue them wisely—until now. The Laughing Guide to Change teaches that, on the path to meaningful change, identifying specific, measurable goals is just the beginning. Don’t let the light-hearted title fool you: While the book filled with stories that made me chuckle and reminds us not to take ourselves so seriously, it also is packed with science-backed strategies that embrace the holistic framework needed to achieve our dreams. Through science and stories, Isaac and Ora Prilleltensky show us how our emotions, habits of thoughts, relationships, and environmental cues strongly influence our behavior and support or undermine our well-being. The book expertly weaves solid research with practical advice to help move us from wishing for a better life to finally achieving it. I’ve already begun using some of the book’s strategies and recommend it to anyone trying to change their lives for the better (and who isn’t?)!
    Anne M. Brafford
    Workplace thriving consultant, speaker, researcher and author of Positive Professionals: Creating High-Performing, Profitable Firms through the Science of Engagement
  • Can you have your cake and eat it too? Probably not. Can you gain muscles without some experience of pain? I doubt it. Can you significantly and positively change your life while having fun doing it? Most definitely yes. Read this Laughing Guide and learn how you can enjoy every step of the way to lasting change. Be warned, though, that muscle pain (and gain) in your stomach due to excessive laughter may ensue as you read this book. Be warned, too, that for your personal health as well as the hygiene of those around you, you should not have cake in your mouth while reading this book.
    Tal Ben Shahar
    Best Selling Author of Happier
  • This book is hilarious. It is so funny that you will be tempted to race through abstract advice about well-being and happiness to get to the next funny story and have another belly laugh. Do not race. You will miss the wisdom for the wit.
    Martin E. P. Seligman
    Professor, University of Pennsylvania
    Author of Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-Being
  • ”Isaac’s book is hilarious. I believe if you can get people to laugh that means you’re getting them to listen, and when they listen, they learn. This book accomplishes all three of these things.”
    Yakov Smirnoff
    Comedian, Actor and Writer
  • "A Revelation! This is exactly what we need. The Laughing guide to Well-Being shows the one little changeable thing in our life – a better sense of humor – that can transform relationships, visions toward the future, and our health. But as we’ve gotten more prosperous over the years, we’ve also gotten more serious, skeptical, and snarky in our humor. Prilleltensky’s brilliant book shows how we can turn this around. There is no easier way to have a ripple across the rest of our lives than to realize that our laughing side is also our learning side."
    Brian Wansink
    Professor, Cornell University
    Author of Slim by Design and Mindless Eating
  • "This is a disarmingly clever and humorous book that offers a rich array of wise advice on how to live a happier, healthier, more meaningful life in a topical and relevant way that makes you want more and more! The best part? The author shares many personal amusing stories from his own fascinating life! A brilliant and useful tool for everyone!"
    S. Leonard Syme
    Professor Emeritus, University of California Berkeley
    Co-Editor of Promoting Health: Intervention Strategies from Social and Behavioral Research
  • "The capacity to laugh is essential to our well-being and needed more today than ever. This book provides the evidence, both scientific and anecdotal, that we each have the capacity to incorporate humor to strengthen our sense of well-being. Be good to yourself, read this book!"
    Spencer Niles
    Dean and Professor, School of Education, The College of William & Mary
    Co-Author of Career Flow and Career Development Interventions
  • "If you are suffering from ennui or boredom, or just looking to enrich your everyday life, you will find this book to be hysterically funny, inspirational, and educational. The authenticity and humanity of the author, Isaac Prilleltensky, permeates every passage so deeply that you will feel that you have found a great friend and mentor."
    Geoff Nelson
    Professor, Wilfrid Laurier University
    Co-editor of Community Psychology and Community Mental Health
  • "Prilleltensky adeptly tackles the challenges that confront most humor scholars. How can the science of laughter be taken seriously? This book provides entertaining stories to illustrate and validate the psychology of humor as integral to the search for well-being."
    Mary Kay Morrison
    President, Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor
    Author of Using Humor to Maximize Living
  • "The Laughing Guide to Well-Being changed my life!!! I gained 2 hours a day of productive time by simply washing my Senokot down with pomegranate juice…who knew….Isaac did!!! You will learn and laugh; a great prescription for well-being."
    Kenneth A. Rosen
    Chief Executive Officer
    Infinity Sales Group
  • "Who knew a self-help book could be funny, while being grounded in legitimate science; a guide to greater health or happiness, without being moralizing or prescriptive; or wise and insightful, without the self-directed blandishments from an author who can’t see himself having the same problems the rest of us have. Dr. Prilleltensky has managed to pull off this hat trick – and produce a book that is fun to read and deeply educational."
    Harold G. Levine
    Dean and Professor
    School of Education, University of California, Davis
  • "This book is extremely funny and informative at the same time. If you want to improve your well-being while laughing out loud, read this book. Prilleltensky shows that you can do both!"
    Talma Lobel
    Professor, Tel Aviv University
    Author of Sensation: The New Science of Physical Intelligence
  • "Isaac Prilleltensky has been long admired for his wisdom and insight about psychology, social issues, and well-being. His new book shines a light on his talents as a humorist, which allows him to generate incisive observations about the nature of the human condition. Reading this book will make you laugh and also will give you pause as you consider the complicated journey to a life of well-being, connection, and meaning. By weaving together humor, psychological insights, and compassion, Professor Prilleltensky has created a brilliant book, one that has enormous heart and a deep soul."
    David L. Blustein
    Professor, Boston College
    Author of The Psychology of Working
  • "Reading Isaac Prilleltensky’s book is like having him as your own funny, irreverent, warm, and wise friend. For years, he’s been a scholarly mentor in matters of social equity and well-being; now he offers caring guidance in living a healthy, connected, good life -- all in the context of his hilarious observations of human nature (most often his own). Open and personal, informative but never preachy, Prilleltensky shows that we can take our wellness seriously without taking ourselves too seriously."
    Laura Smith
    Associate Professor, Teachers College
    Author of Psychology, Poverty, and the End of Social Exclusion

Isaac Prilleltensky


An Award Winning Community Psychologist and Humor Writer is Dean of the School of Education and Human Development and Vice Provost for Institutional Culture at the University of Miami.


He is the author of over 130 academic paper and 8 books on well-being. Isaac is interested in the promotion of well-being in individuals, organizations, and communities. Isaac has lectured in 25 countries in five continents and consults with organizations on well-being, strategic planning, organizational culture, and change. His lectures blend humor with research-based knowledge.


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Research Projects
  • Development and validation of multidimensional well-being scale
  • Promotion of well-being using interactive technologies
  • Organizational culture and change
  • Promotion of personal, organizational, and community well-being

Fun For Wellness


The goal of Fun For Wellness is to improve your well-being. You will watch videos, play games, and learn useful skills.


The skills will help you in six domains of life we call I COPPE. The acronym stands for Interpersonal, Community, Occupational, Physical, Psychological, and Economic Well-Being. You will learn 14 skills to improve your life. The skills deal with Behaviors, Emotions, Thoughts, Interactions, Context, Awareness, and Next Steps. Together, they form the acronym BET I CAN.


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To escape embarrassing questions, such as have you seen the latest exhibit at the bumptious museum, my family usually moves continents every few years. The problem is that we never stay long enough in any one place to learn local customs or practice regional idioms. For example, in Australia, I had been looking forward to using the expression crack a fat, but we moved before I had a chance to practice it. I’m sorry I can’t tell you what crack a fat means, but I can tell you that they recommend Crackiagra or Crackialis for it. In Melbourne, half the time I could not understand what people were telling me. In Nashville, Tennessee, nobody could understand what I was saying. I never heard the word WHAT in Southern drawl so many times. That prompted our move to Miami, where 156% of the population speak with a funny accent like mine, and the other 32% cannot do math. When I left Argentina in 1976, get this, the internet had not been invented, which meant that I could not easily keep up with gossip in my native country. This pretty much guaranteed cluelessness about all things Argentina, except news about the latest […]

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