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The Hump Day Humor-Gram Issue #14, September 4, 2002

Please feel free to tie this to a hot air balloon, mail it to your co-worker across the hall, have it translated into Swahili, add it to your company
newsletter . . .

In this action packed issue, based on the best-selling novel by the
same title:
1. Welcome to September – It’s Play Time!
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
3. Quote of the Week
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky, World . . .
1. Welcome to September – It’s Play Time!

School is back, the trees are thinking about changing colors, it’s Ivan the Terrible’s birthday today and, in my neck of the woods, the elk are bugling, so it can only mean one thing: September has arrived.

But wait! There’s more to September than changing leaves and sharpening erasers.
September also happens to be Breakfast Month, Cholesterol Month (I’m not sure those two months are quite compatible?), Chicken Month, Cat Health Month and Courtesy Month. (So please, be polite to your chickens and cats, especially while eating a low-fat breakfast).

September, according to Chase’s calendar of events, is also: Be Kind to Editors and Writers Month, International Self-Awareness Month (in case you weren’t aware), National Biscuit Month, and Pleasure Your Mate Month.

And tomorrow, September 5, is also (and I’m not making this up folks):
Be Late for Something Day!

Finally, and of most relevance to those of you wanting to add more fun and play to your work day, this week, according to the Humor Project foundation (an organization based in Saratoga Springs, New York, dedicated to studying humor and spreading mirth) the days of this week, from Tuesday through Saturday, are official “Play Days”, designed to celebrate the importance of play.

So please, don’t be late about this last one: make sure you take some time out this week to play a little (or a lot). Lenore Terre, author of “Beyond Love and
Work: Why Adults Need to Play,” reminds us all that play in the workplace
can help us become more flexible and creative, while strengthening social bonds.

So if you’ll kindly excuse me, I have to get to back to playing with my chicken.
(In honor of Piano Month, he and I are doing a duet).
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

Speaking of Play Days, try setting aside some time to play before you get down to some serious brainstorming with colleagues. A game of “Pictionary”, charades, or theatre improv can help loosen up folks, spark neurons, and lower inhibitions so that when a creative brainstorming session begins, folks are pumped and primed to contribute truly novel ideas.
3. Quote of the Week

“What then is the right way to live? Life should be lived
as play.” Plato

Bonus deep question of the week: “Where do forest rangers go to get away from it all?”
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World

Although we shouldn’t be taking pleasure at other peoples’ misery,
and certainly not at someone’s death, this strange story from our archives file
should remind us all of the strange and ironic twists life can throw our way:

A man, snug and sound in a Cairo morgue refrigerator for 12 hours, was
discovered to actually be alive! (That’s the good news). Unfortunately,
the worker who found him was so shocked to find him alive, that he collapsed
and died on the spot (that’s the sad news).

I’m certain there’s a lesson in this tragedy somewhere, I just haven’t quite figured it out yet.
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2002

Michael Kerr, “The Workplace Energizer” is the author of 5 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

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