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The Hump Day Humor-Gram, April 26, Issue Number 173

1. What Did You Expect?
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
3. Quote of the Week
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World
1. What Did You Expect?

Brain scientists have discovered that merely expecting
something positive in the future causes dopamine levels
to increase. Dopamine functions like a “pleasure
accountant” and helps to create an appetite for seeking
out new and pleasurable experiences. And just anticipating
something positive causes us to exceed the level of
happiness (and chemical high) we experience when the
thing we’re anticipating actually arrives! This suggests
the need to constantly give folks in the workplace
something fun and positive to look forward to – so create
some fun monthly or even weekly traditions in your
workplace. Your brain will reward you for it.
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

Here’s a rather creative/wacky way to measure employees’
levels of happiness: Rosenbluth International sends out
crayons and blank paper every six months to its employees
and asks them to draw their view of the company.
Drawing out ideas or emotions activates the right side of
our brain and is a fun, creative way of expressing our
thoughts. It’s also thought to be an effective away to
spark creativity. So by all means, feel free to raid your
kids’ crayons at any time.
3. Quote of the Week

“Humor is the affectionate communication of insight.”
Leo Rosten
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World

A survey posted by unearthed these
rather odd excuses for employees being absent from their
– “God didn’t wake me.”
– “I’m too drunk to drive to work.”
– “My boyfriend’s snake got loose.”

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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