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Ann Zuccardy

Ann Zuccardy

Baltimore, Maryland

Ann is a two-time TEDx speaker, frequent keynote presenter, and adjunct English instructor with a B.A. and an M.A. in English/Creative Writing.

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About the author

For Ann, “laughter is the best medicine” isn’t just a slogan - it’s a healthy way of life.

When a fall in a German bathtub in 2011 and the resulting brain injury (TBI) left Ann Zuccardy unable to return to her corporate writing career, walk a straight line, or read a book, she didn’t know or care why neuroplasticity mattered. As she stumbled her way toward recovery, she discovered some basic truths about the science of how humor, laughter, and play enhance learning and brain health.
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Success! NeuroPLAYsticity sold 31 pre-orders by Nov. 1, 2019, was pitched to 38 publishers, and is in discussions with publishers.

$20 Basic Brain

23 readers

You'll receive:

- 1 printed copy
- 1 free ebook

1 copy + ebook included

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$45 Better Brain

4 readers

You'll receive:

- 2 printed copies, one for you and one for a friend.
- 2 free ebooks
- Biweekly Brainbuilding Tips email with Q&A for a month with Ann Zuccardy

2 copies + ebook included

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$150 Brilliant Brain

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You'll receive:

- 5 printed copies (autographed for those located in the greater Baltimore, Maryland, Burlington, Vermont, or New York City areas)
- 5 free ebooks
- Invitation to the book launch party in Baltimore,Maryland
- Let’s laugh together! I’ll introduce you to the benefits of laughter yoga in a 30 minute webinar (up to 5 people). You will leave with lower blood pressure, a smile on your face, and reduced stress
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$250 Brainiac

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You are a Brainiac! You'll receive:

- 10 printed copies (autographed for those located in the greater Baltimore, Maryland, Burlington, Vermont, or New York City areas)
- 10 free ebooks
- Invitation to the book launch party in Baltimore, Maryland
- Let’s laugh together! I’ll introduce you to the benefits of laughter yoga in a 60 minute webinar (up to 15 people). You will leave with lower blood pressure, a smile on your face, and reduced stress.
- Your name or company name mentioned in the book’s acknowledgements
- Free shipping

10 copies + ebook included

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$550 Brainbuilder

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Building Brains one laugh at a time! You'll receive:

- 25 printed copies (autographed for those located in the greater Baltimore, Maryland, Burlington, Vermont, or New York City areas)
- 25 free ebooks
- Invitation to the book launch party in Baltimore,Maryland
- Access to private Facebook group
- 1-hour workshop introducing you to the benefits of laughter yoga in a 60 minutes fun activity (up to 50 people)
- Your name or company name mentioned in the book’s acknowledgements
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25 copies + ebook included

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$1000 Bright Brains at Work

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This is a great bonus for companies who know that employees who take breaks for fun are more motivated, loyal, and productive. As well, great for practices and associations of:

· dementia caregivers
· medical professionals
· teachers and professors
· mental health professionals
· first responders

You’ll receive:
- 50 printed copies autographed
- 50 free ebooks
- Invitation to the book launch party in Baltimore, Maryland
- Access to private Facebook group
- Your company name mentioned in the book’s as a sponsor
- A half day workshop with quick reference cards of laughter yoga techniques and benefits (up to 30 people)
- Book signing table with Ann Zuccardy
- Free shipping

50 copies + ebook included

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$2500 Best Brains at Work

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A bonus focused on hospitals, professional associations, clinics, nursing homes and hospices.

You’ll receive:

- 120 printed copies autographed
- 100 free ebooks
- Invitation to the book launch party in Baltimore, Maryland
- Access to private Facebook group
- 1 hour keynote for your next company meeting or conference, quick reference cards provided (up to 200 people, and under availability for both sides)
- Access to private Facebook group
Your company name mentioned in the book’s as a sponsor at the - front page
- Book signing table with Ann Zuccardy
- Free shipping

120 copies + ebook included

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NeuroPLAYsticity

5 Fun Ways to Build a Better Brain

Can humor help your brain age gracefully? You bet! This book examines the scientifically-proven benefits of humor and laughter to improve brain health.

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50,000 words
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Synopsis

60 is the new 40. We tail-end baby boomers are not aging and retiring the way our parents did! We are hiking, biking, traveling and earning advanced degrees. Those of us who have watched our parents struggle with dementia and the ravages of aging are saying, “That’s NOT going to happen to me!” But what can we do to prevent it?

We know more about the brain now than we did even ten years ago. We know that neuroplasticity (the brain’s ability to create new neural connections throughout a lifetime) allows us to work out the brain like a muscle and improves our chances of keeping it healthy well into our elder years. Everyone knows the old adage, “Laughter is the best medicine,” but now science backs it up. Laughter and play create physical changes in the brain and body and can profoundly impact our quality of life. The author calls this: neuroPLAYstsicity.

NeuroPLAYsticity: 5 Fun Ways to Build a Better Brain is based on Ann 2013 TEDx talk, How a Brain Injury Made Me Smarter, (which has 80K views as of August 2019). This book combines humor and playfulness with scientifically-proven strategies for building new neural pathways – without the scientific jargon.

Why support this book?

  • Ann Zuccardy is a two-time TEDx Speaker and frequent keynote presenter at conferences.
  • Ann Zuccardy is an adjunct English instructor with a B.A. and an M.A. in English/Creative Writing.
  • CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) interviewed Ann Zuccardy in 2016 on The Current - 'Mild' Concussion Could Triple Risk of Suicide, Study Suggests.
  • Award-winning Seven Days newspaper (Vermont) did a feature article about the author: Ann Zuccardy Turns a Brain Injury into a New Career, in 2016.
  • Ann Zuccardy is a member of the Association of Applied and Therapeutic Humor.

Similar titles

  • “Anatomy of an Illness: As Perceived by the Patient” by Norman Cousins, published by W. W. Norton & Company 2005 (1979). The book is still widely popular because it was the first of its kind, but our knowledge of neuroscience has grown immensely since 1979 and studies backing up Cousin’s hypotheses on humor and health are now widely available. Ann Zuccardy’s book makes these scientific studies accessible to readers, while providing practical applications for implementing knowledge gleaned from each study.
  • “Brain Rules for Aging Well: 10 Principles for Staying Vital, Happy, and Sharp” by John Medina, published by Pear Publishing, 2017. John Medina is well-known in the brain health space and has written several books focused on brain health for various populations. He provides quick, easy to read principles, but does not get into humor and the brain.
  • “Build a Better Brain: Using Everyday Neuroscience to Train Your Brain for Motivation, Discipline, Courage, and Mental Sharpness” by Peter Hollins, Independently published, 2019. Hollins makes neuroscience easy to understand and gives practical ideas for increasing brain health, but he does not discuss therapeutic humor and how humor impacts brain health and learning.

Audience

Midlifers, particularly those at the tail end of the baby boomer generation (born 1954-1964) who want to do whatever they can to grow old gracefully and with their brains functioning at 100%.

Advance praise

"Everyone LOVED her! She was so inspiring!"
-Mary Kay Morrison, Past President, Association of Applied and Therapeutic Humor

“I just watched Ann's TEDx talk and I'm speechless (no pun intended). Ann has turned her life-changing moment after suffering a traumatic brain injury into motivation to help others. I didn't know Ann before her injury but her engaging presence, charm and humor come through loud and clear in her talk.”
-Ted Prodromou, Author, The Ultimate Guide to LinkedIn for Business, California

“Ann Zuccardy is a mentor and role model. She’s the person I bounce my creative ideas off when I want insightful advice. She’s the perfectionist who catches the finest mistakes in my writing with her fine-toothed comb of a brain. I know I can trust her and her exquisite life advice.”
-Professor Frank Chindamo, Founder and CEO, LaughMD

“What has always impressed me about Ann’s work is the richness of its themes. Though brain injury is one of her topics, she also deals with universal human concerns such as the nature of intelligence, the roots of creativity, and the sources of greater productivity. In her TEDx talks, speeches, and writing, Ann combines the personal and theoretical with human stories and solid research. Her wit and charm are always entertaining and engaging. Ann is a supremely gifted communicator and facilitator.”
-Andrew Nargolwala, Psychotherapist & Podcaster, New Jersey

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  • Update #1 - Thank you! Nov. 1, 2019

    Thanks to all who pre-ordered my book and subscribed to my updates.  

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