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The Hump Day Humor-Gram, April 19, Issue Number 172

1. The Optimist’s Guide to Humor
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
3. Quote of the Week
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World
1. The Optimist’s Guide to Humor

If you’re trying to laugh in the face of stress and
uncertainty, take some cues from an optimist’s outlook
on life. According to The Owner’s Manual for the Brain,
by Pierce J. Howard, optimists react to stressful events
in a healthy way by reminding themselves that the
stressful event is only temporary and has a limited impact
on their life – so it’s easier for optimists to find the
humor in a stressful situation. Pessimists, on the other
hand, tend to view setbacks as events that will effect
EVERY aspect of their lives and that will last forever.
But with practice, a healthy sense of humor can help
even diehard pessimists gain a more realistic

Remember, as Tom Nansbury said, “An optimist laughs to
forget; a pessimist forgets to laugh.”
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

Institute an official Wacky Hour. This is just what
the folks at Human Dynamics have done: every day at 3:00
p.m., when everyone’s energy is hitting rock bottom,
the employees spin around in their chairs for 30 seconds
as a way of laughing and boosting their energy levels.
If a daily Wacky Hour is too much, start slowly with a
weekly wacky hour.
3. Quote of the Week

“Only two things are infinite, the universe and human
stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.”
Albert Einstein
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World

Nursery school teachers in Oxfordshire, England, are
requiring the toddlers to sing “Baa, Baa Rainbow Sheep”,
because the original version “Baa, Baa Black Sheep,”
has been deemed politically incorrect.

Happy Hump Day everyone. May the farce be with you.
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2006
Reach Michael at 1-866-609-2640,

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