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Power Posing Lowers Stress, Boosts Confidence

A Harvard Business study suggests that striking a “power pose”

(think superhero stance or perhaps Madonna’s Vogue video?) lowers

the stress hormone cortisol by an average of 25% and boosts

testosterone in both sexes by about 17%! So the next time your

tank is running low or you’re a little stressed out, don your

cape and strike that classic Superman/Wonder Woman pose, or

lean forward over your desk with your hands slightly apart or

put your feet on your desk and clasp your hands behind your back.

And heck, if striking a pose doesn’t help lower your stress, at

least you’ll look darn good trying.


Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

Today is “Cranky Co-worker Day” so here’s my cranky-themed tip:

give everyone three “I’m having a BAD hair day” cards that they

can redeem over the course of a year for some fun, small token

when they most need it. Turning in the card also signals to the

rest of your team that on that particular day you would

appreciate an extra serving of patience, or maybe a little

space, owing to the fact that, you know, you’re having a bad

hair day. Another idea to pull a flip-flop on crankiness is to

hold a “bad hair day” contest and award a prize for whoever can

show up at work with the absolute worst hair. This is especially

fun if you work in a hair salon.


Quote of the Week

“A sense of humor is needed armor. Joy in one’s heart and some

laughter on one’s lips is a sign that the person down deep has

a pretty good grasp of life.” Hugh Sidey


It’s a Wacky World

A London borough’s council has banned employees from sharing

mother-in-law jokes at work. No word on the status of father-in

-law jokes. (Are there any father-in-law jokes? Hmmm)


Copyright Michael Kerr, 2010

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