The Hump Day Humor-Gram, April 4, 2007 Issue Number 212

1. Stress Parties Not Just for Dogs
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
3. Quote of the Week
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World
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1. Stress Parties Not Just for Dogs

Here’s something we could all learn to do: Dr. Kim Langholz,
a veterinarian from Iowa State, suggests you throw “thunderstorm”
parties for storm-phobic doggies, so that they have SO much fun
each time a storm blows over they grow to look forward to the
thunderstorms.

Could the same trick work with humans? Why not? How about a
“Tax Time” shindig, “Year-End-Paperwork” bash, “Fourth
Quarterly Report” luncheon, or “Oh-Great-Our-Team-Gets-Stuck-
With-Bob-Again” blowout! (As always, my apologies to
anyone named Bob.)
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2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

Create a ritual or reminder at home before you’ve even left
for work to help you chart your attitudinal course for the day:
something to remind yourself of the old cliché that you really
do have the power to choose your attitude and the power to choose
to have a sense of humor about your work and life. Some
psychologists believe the first hour of the day is the most
important for “setting” our attitude for the rest of the day,
so it’s important to put your best humor forward. Maybe it’s a
slogan, a goofy photo you post on the fridge, a mascot, or
a funny naked dance – just do or create something that can serve
as a reminder of the message.

And to remind you of the choice you face each day, please surf
on over to www.humouratwork.com or www.mikekerr.com to watch
your two options: “Stress Guy” vs. “Turn Monday Into Funday!” at
the bottom of the home page.
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3. Deep Thought of the Week

“You know you had a stressful day at work when it takes two
drinks before your hair unwinds.”
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4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky, World

In order to hire just the right staff, Russian businesses are
increasingly using the “stressovoye technique” when conducting
interviews. Hurling insults, shouting at the candidates, and
throwing a glass of water in candidates’ faces are evidently the
latest and greatest ways to uncover a person’s true character.

Happy Hump Day everyone. Let’s hope no one gets wet.
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Copyright Michael Kerr, 2007. mike@mikekerr.com www.mikekerr.com

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