The Hump Day Humor-Gram Issue #9, June 26, 2002

Please feel free to pass this along, tie it to a chimp, ship it
to Venus, send it to the G8 leaders . . .

1. If It’s Not Fun . . .
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip of the Day
3. Quote of the Week
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky, World . . .
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1. If It’s Not Fun . . .

Ben, or maybe it was Jerry, (one of the Ben and Jerry Ice Cream guys)
once said about work, “If it’s not fun, why do it?”

On the surface this might sound a little trite. But when you start to
think about the impact our work has on our lives, it’s probably good
advice.

Our work takes up three quarters of our waking hours. We often live
in communities where our work take us. According to surveys, we
socialize primarily with people we meet through our work (I work out
of my home, and I do have to admit, I spend a lot of time talking to
my dog Eeyore). And most importantly of all, our work provides, or at
least should, an opportunity for personal development, identity and
creative growth. As Luci Swindoll once said, “We need to stop looking
at work as simply a means of earning a living and start realizing it
is one of the elemental ingredients of making a life.”

So why wouldn’t we want to make sure that work is as rewarding and
nourishing and creative and, yes, even as FUN, as we can possibly make it?

So on that note, I’m taking a cue from Ben, or maybe it was Jerry, and
I’m going to go get myself a double chunky monkey ice cream cone.

Keep laughing.
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2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

Some psychologists believe the first hour of the day can set the tone
for the entire day, so plan to start every day on a fun note by adding
a fun ritual to the start of your workday. Take five minutes to share
a joke, funny story or amusing observation with your co-workers.

Or start a team ritual. I’ve worked with several companies that have
morning “rev up” sessions or team huddles to kick things off on the
right note. One company even gave their employees standing ovations
as they came into office each morning.

Whatever you do, keep it simple so you stick with it. And remember
what the good humor doctor once said “A laugh a day keeps the grumps
at bay” (or something infinitely more profound).
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3. Quote of the Week

“It’s bad to suppress laughter. It goes back down and spreads to your
hips.”
Fred Allen
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4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World . . .

Good news for you cost conscious travelers out there. Space travel
has finally become affordable! Starting in 2005, you’ll be able to
zip up into space and experience weightlessness on a 90 minute flight
aboard a Russian space shuttle for ONLY $98,000 (US). Yes, these guys
truly are the WestJet/Southwest Airlines of space travel. Until they
came along, the only other option was to fork out $20 million for a
week aboard the international space station.

My only question is this: are the pretzels included in the price or
extra?
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Copyright Michael Kerr, 2002
mailto:mike@mikekerr.com
http://www.mikekerr.com
1-866-609-2640

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