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The Hump Day Humor-Gram, December 1, 2004 Issue #113

In this issue . . .

1. Humor on the Brain
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
3. Quote of the Week
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World
1. Humor on the Brain

A study conducted by Dr. Peter Derks shows that about
four-tenths of a second after people hear the punch line of a
joke, a wave of electricity sweeps through the cortex, carpeting
the entire cerebral cortex. This has lead researchers to
conclude that humor is a whole brain activity – the left
hemisphere likely processing the joke’s verbal content, while the
right side figures out the incongruity that made the joke.
This, some researchers go on to suggest, is likely why humor is
such a great stimulant for creative thinking, it activates
both hemispheres. Combine humor with some hearty laughter to
get more oxygen flowing to the brain (six times more oxygen,
in fact) and it’s easy to see why the old Ha + ha = AHA!
formula can work in any workplace.
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

If you want to spark creativity, get the oxygen flowing
and give yourself a diversion away from the computer screen,
then go for a walk around your office. Grab a walking partner or
even a few partners and have a walking meeting (hey, it seems to
work for the folks on “The West Wing”). Some new buildings are
actually being designed with walking in mind, including
little lounges and alcoves with whiteboards to encourage
impromptu chats and brainstorming.
3. Quote of the Week

“The arrival of a good clown into a village does more for its
health that twenty assess laden with drugs.” Thomas Sydenham,
a seventeenth-century physician.
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World

A little navel-gazing into the world of navels reveals
the following interesting facts, as gleaned from The Great
Bellybutton Lint Survey: men are more likely to have lint in
their bellybutton than women, two-thirds of the lint colors
found in bellybuttons do not correlate to the clothing colors
people are wearing and there is no correlation between
hairiness and lintiness (assuming that lintiness is a word).

Happy Hump Day everyone! Hope you have a lint-free week. ================================================================
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2004

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International speaker Michael Kerr, “The Workplace Energizer” is
the author of five books, including When Do You Let the Animals
Out? and You Can’t Be Serious! Putting Humor to Work. Michael
delivers keynote talks and workshops on humor in the workplace,
business creativity and public speaking skills.

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