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Have More Self-Control by Making Fun to Have Self-Control!

Tis’ the Season for Fun and Self Control

According to a study in the Journal of Consumer Research, failures

in self control (around issues such as eating too much, drinking,

over-shopping or not exercising enough) depend on whether people

see the need for self-control as “an obligation to work or an

opportunity to have fun.” The researchers in the study found that

people demonstrated greater self-control simply when the word ‘fun’

was included in any of the instructions. Now imagine taking it

the next step, and actually making the task fun. Or attaching a

fun reward as a goal for showing self restraint. Like, say if

you forgo eating too much, you can reward yourself with a

chocolate cake. Okay, so bad example. But you get the idea.


Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

Here’s a fun thing to try on a Friday afternoon with your

team: hold a best impersonation of an inanimate object or best

sound effect contest.


Quote of the Week

“What restrains us from killing is partly fear of punishment,

partly moral scruple, and partly what may be described as a sense

of humor” Henry Louis Mencken


It’s a Wacky World

Next Wednesday, December 15, is official “Cat Herder’s Day,”

so good luck with that. Of course, if that doesn’t work out

you can always try nailing Jello to a wall.

Happy Holidays, Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year,

Happy Humbug Day (December 21), Happy Festivus (December 23),

Happy Whiners Day (December 26) and Happy No Interruptions Day

(December 31)!

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