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The Hump Day Humor-Gram, April 11, 2007 Issue Number 213

1. Laughter: The Gift that Keeps on Giving
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
3. Quote of the Week
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World
1. Laughter: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

A recent study from psychologists at Kent and Liverpool
universities found that laughter may increase altruism towards
strangers. The study showed that when people were shown funny
video clips they were far more inclined to give money to
strangers than the folks who didn’t watch the clips. One of the
professors, Dr. van Vugt, believes humans evolved the capacity
for laughter as a way to release positive emotions in order to
facilitate group bonding, which allowed our ancestors to better
cope with hostile living conditions. So I think we’re now up
to reason #187 why a little more laughter in the workplace may
be just what the motivational doctor ordered.
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

Consider adopting an “office dog” to serve as an official
canine ambassador. I was recently speaking at the Fairmont Hotel
in Vancouver where they have a fabulously mellow, gentle hotel
dog – a gorgeous yellow lab that beds down next to the concierge
desk. The dog makes a wonderful conversation starter, and adds a
friendly, welcoming presence to the hotel. And then there’s
Heidi, an 11-year-old English sheep dog who recently retired from
Oracle Corporation in Japan. Heidi, who even had her own employee
ID card, spent her entire life as the official company mascot.
Not only could a dog boost morale, the great thing about having
a dog around the office is they always laugh at your jokes, even
when no one else will.
3. Quote of the Week

“When you leave room in your heart for errors, you leave room in
your heart for humor.” Richard Carlson
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky, World

Here is, perhaps, a new workplace phrase for you to add to your
repertoire: “salmon day”. A salmon day is when you spend your
entire workday swimming upstream, only to have your supervisor
criticize your work at the end of the day. Of course it could be
worse, a “seagull day” is when your supervisor craps all over!

Happy Hump Day everyone. Remember, in this dog-eat-dog world, it
comes down to survival of the funniest, so keep laughing! ==================================================================
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2007.

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