1. Happiness Fuels More Ideas, More Ideas Fuel Happiness
Yes, it’s another chicken and egg thing: Harvard psychologist Moshe Bar suggests that happier people tend to come up with more ideas, and, conversely, if you want to get happier, try coming up with more ideas. Thinking about positive future outcomes, making unusual associations (which happens when you brainstorm or tap into our sense of humor), doing something slightly out of your comfort zone, or speed reading have all been proven to boost your mood when you are feeling a little down.
Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
Check out the winner and finalists in Volkswagen’s “Fun Theory” contest at: http://www.thefuntheory.com. Watch the videos with your team for some inspiration as to how you can apply the “fun theory” to your workplace. Award a prize for the wackiest, most creative idea for turning a chore into something fun. How can you reward or engage your customers or your employees in fun ways to change their behaviors in the workplace for the better? How can you use fun to enforce a regulation, to get people to comply with a safety code, or turn a mundane task into something people actually look forward to? ====================================================================
Deep Thought of the Week
“Don’t sweat the petty things and don’t pet the sweaty things.”
It’s a Wacky, Wacky World
A man recently charged with running naked through a Tennessee supermarket at least had a great excuse for his stunt. He was bored! Ah yes…just like Mom used to say, “Idle hands leads to running naked through stores!”
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