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You might have heard that laughter is good for your health. But did you know that humor plays an important social role? It lets us laugh about things that we don't normally discuss or things we take too seriously. Take, for example, political humor. Political humor certainly isn't new, but its effects may be changing.


As David Tarvin notes in his blog post, Humor in Presidential Elections, late night comedies not only give us a laugh, but even serve as a primary news source for some. This is so prevalent that a politician's response to their satirical counterparts may actually affect their popularity in the polls.

MeetMeet Jennifer Gilles

Spirit & Place Festival Program Coordinator 


Favorite fictional hero?

George Bailey from "It's A Wonderful Life." He's just a guy with regular dreams, learning how to be happy in his life.


Best play space in Indianapolis?

I love Eagle Creek Park! It's a beautiful place that gives me what I need to play.


Favorite family game?

We have Saturday "game day" where will will play from noon to midnight! Lately, our favorite game is one called "Dominion." 

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Laughter Comes in All Forms

By Jennifer Gilles, S&P Festival Program Coordinator


Experts say laughter reduces stress, relaxes the whole boy, boosts the immune system, and triggers the release of endorphins. Laughter is an emotional and physical release. But most of us don't need to "learn" this; we just know it. We feel GOOD when we laugh. We NEED to laugh...read more.


SitcomWhich Sitcom?


We asked our Facebook fans about their favorite sitcoms. They recommended Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory.


Which sitcom is your favorite? Tell us by writing on our wall or sending us a tweet!

Congratulations to Tommy Chittenden for unscrambling the clues in our March newsletter! Click here to see his answer.


Spirit & Place Festival 2011   

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Comics That Care
Join comedians Michael Malone, Mike Polites, and Marques Bunn for this live comedy show. All proceeds will go to The Salvation Army to provide food and shelter to the hungry and homeless. Learn more and purchase tickets here.
Positioning Parks & Recreation (Agencies) in Public Health
Attend this one day workshop, led by Bryan McCormick and Rasul Mowatt, to identify and explore the linkages of parks and recreation to public health. Learn more and register here.
Creativity, Collaboration, & Compassion at the Crossroads
Social entrepreneurs in Indy, like churches and schools, nonprofits and businesses, artists and students are partnering to make innovative changes. Can Indy sustain them to become a leading humanitarian hub? Learn more about this April 11 event here.
Lilly Endowment, Inc.Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation Inc.H. Wilbur Hardacre Charitable Trust

Marian University Bohlsen PR IUPUI  
The Indianapolis Foundation, a CICF affiliate The Polis Center at IUPUI University of Indianapolis


IU School of Liberal Arts, IUPUIIU School of Medicine, IUPUI 

North United Methodist Church Wishard Christian Theological Seminary


Christel DeHaan Family Foundation Franklin College Hilton Indianapolis Baker & Daniels


Indiana Humanities  IU School of Dentistry, IUPUI Second Presbyterian ChurchSt. Pauls  
Congregation Beth El Zedeck Indianapolis Museum of Art Butler University Harrison Center for the Arts    
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