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The Hump Day Humor-Gram Issue #26, November 27, 2002

Please feel free to send this out to anyone and everyone and all
people who fall in between those two categories . . .

DISCLAIMER: Any resemblance to either living people or people
pretending to be alive are purely coincidental.

In this issue . . .

1. Laughing for No Reason
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
3. Quote of the Week
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky, World
1. Laughing for No Reason

Dr. Madan Kataria, an Indian doctor who founded the World Laughter
Club International (of which yours truly is a designated member),
believes in two basic premises when it comes to laughter:

1. Laughter is physically, mentally and socially good for us
2. We don’t need a reason to laugh

So: If laughter truly IS the best medicine and we don’t really need a
good reason to laugh, why don’t you take time this HumpDay to just
start laughing!

In the Laughter Club sessions, folks are led through a ritual
progression of different types of laughs (including the Cocktail Party
Laugh, The Lion Laugh and Dancing Laugh), in the hope that eventually
real laughter will come out of it. (And according to the book
“Laughter: A Scientific Investigation” most of Our laughter is NOT
preceded by a joke or funny story, so we really don’t need a good
reason to laugh. Honest.

So give it a try. Go on. Right now. As you are reading this just
start to laugh. Or find a little hide-away, bring three co-workers
with you and laugh for five minutes, and see how good you feel

Even fake laughing produces many of the same wonderful physical
benefits as real laughter! You could even turn it into a morning
workday ritual to get you started off on the right ha-ha note each
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

To help bridge the gap between our home life and work life, try
holding a few contests that include the families of employees. Hold a
children’s contests to see who can come up with the best funny slogan
for your workplace, a colouring contest or hold a draw for fun prizes
where families as well as employees are eligible.
3. Quote of the Week

The possibilities are mind-boggling. . . and if you’ve ever had
your mind boggled, you know how painful that can be. Steve Allen
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World The Spam Museum

Yes, it is true. Devotees of Spam (the mystery meat product, NOT the
e-mail version) can visit the Spam museum (and be greeted by
“Spambassadors) in Austin, Minnesota.

Museum-goers can pack and label their own customized tin of Spam,
in a Spam quiz and even visit the Wall of Spam.
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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