Embracing the lighthearted fun of April Fool’s Day can offer enjoyment to everyone. However, it’s a very slippery slope.  Humor at the expense of another person is not okay. Expense can come in many forms: embarrassment, humiliation, stress, hurt, and even grief or rage.

Before anybody can properly pull an April Fool’s prank, they would do well to imagine the feeling it will elicit in the other person. If it’s not a pleasant, lighthearted chuckle or smile, the prank is better left alone.

In fact, the best forms of humor may well be completely harmless puns. They hurt no one – just a simple play on words. We are all incredibly vulnerable creatures.

April Fool's Day, Michael Mamas