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Humor at Work: Think and Be Happy, February 25, 2009

1. Think and Be Happy

Researchers from Princeton and Harvard discovered that thinking
fast can help people improve their moods. When research subjects
had to do things such as generate as many possible ideas in a
span of 10 minutes, or watch “I Love Lucy” clips in fast forward,
participants felt more elated, upbeat, creative and energetic
than people who did the same exercises at a more relaxed pace.
So the next time you’re feeling down or having a bad day, whip
through a crossword puzzle in record time, or brainstorm fun
ideas in fast motion, and see if it boosts your energy and mood.
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

A simple way to practice your sense of humor is to write top-10
lists. You can create a contest for your company for people to
come up with the best topical top-10 lists that relates to a
certain workplace issue, or use a top-10 list as a means of
communicating a message in a fun way: “The Top-10 Reasons to
Support My Project at the Next Meeting” or “Top-10 Ways to
Improve Our Customer Service” or “The Top-10 Reasons You Should
Clean Up Your Own Dishes in the Lunchroom.” If you want to
practice your top-ten writing skills, enter David Letterman’s
weekly contest at
3. Deep Thought of the Week

“I intend to live forever. So far, so good.” Steven Wright
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky, World

A survey from Taleo Research revealed that 15% of working adults
said they loved their job “enough to marry it.” (Now, I know
everyone is concerned about employee engagement these days, but
I had no idea some folks were willing to take their relationship
to a whole other level.)

Happy Hump Day – remember, if you suppress laughter it goes right
to the thighs.

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