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The Hump Day Humor-Gram, April 6, 2005, Issue #127

HEALTH ALERT: If you suppress laughter,
it goes right to the hips. (Steve Allen)

In this issue . . .

1. A Laugh a Day Keeps the Lawyers at Bay?
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
3. Deep Thought of the Week
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World
1. A Laugh a Day Keeps the Lawyers at Bay?

Some more food-for-thought-humor-research from our files:
According to a study reported in the book “Blink,” by Malcolm
Gladwell, doctors who laughed with their patients and
communicated in a positive, attentive manner, were far less
likely to be sued for malpractice, even if they messed up.
Conversely, more stern docs, who didn’t laugh with their
patients, had a much greater risk of being sued, even if
they hadn’t messed up!

Another reminder that laughter truly is the best medicine.
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

Traditions are wonderful ways to build a sense of history
and help teams bond together. Traditions are also very
traditional, which some folks seem to like. And research into
happiness suggests that one key component of the happiness
soup is looking forward to positive events in our lives.

Which leads me to our tip: Create a fun tradition linked to
every day of the work week, and create a nickname to accompany
the respective themes. You could have “M & M Mondays,”
“Funny Word of the Day Tuesdays,” “Happy Face Hump Days,”
“Thirsty Thursdays,” and “Fun Dance Fridays.” Okay, so you don’t
like my ideas – look, I can’t do all the work for you. Think
of your own ideas, tie it into what you do, share it with the
customers, and create some memorable memories of your own.
And please, if you do, report back to me.
3. Quote of the Week – An Oldie But a Goodie. . .

“What is a committee? A group of the unwilling, picked from
the unfit, to do the unnecessary.” Richard Harkness
(The New York Times, 1960)
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World

Not that I want to frighten you or anything, but this little
tidbit struck me as rather wacky, in a frightening sort of way:
according to a study done at the University of Arizona, the
average office desk contains 400 times more bacteria than the
average toilet seat.
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2005
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