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The Hump Day Humor-Gram Issue #8, June 19, 2002

Please feel free to pass this along, glue it to a toupee, fly
it on a kite, mail it to Madonna . . .

1. Do You Have the Ha Ha Gene?
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip of the Day
3. Quote of the Week
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky, World . . .
1. Do You Have the Ha Ha Gene?

It’s an old debate. Are we just born funny, or can we all learn to
develop our sense of humor on the job?

According to article in this month’s edition of the Association of
Applied and Therapeutic Humor, our genes have very little to do with
it. A sense of humour can, and is nourished and developed through our
environment, surroundings and by our upbringing. A study involving
twins and Far Side cartoons seemed to verify the notion that, like
many of our other personality characteristics, our environment plays a
greater role in the development of our funny bone.

By reading more humor, taking stand up comedy or theatre improv
classes, and practicing looking at the world through a comic lens,
everyone and anyone can develop and grow their sense of humor.

Now if you’ll forgive me I have to run I’m late for my pie-tossing
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

Feeling a little bored? Do you have some task ahead that’s just
painfully, mind numbingly dull? Relax. And have some fun with it.
In fact, better yet, turn your mind-congealing chore into a game.

Psychologists believe that when people are able to create even simple
mind games when undertaking a repetitive, boring job, they are
happier, more productive and less likely to make mistakes.

If you work with customers, doing something as simple as making a game
out of remembering their names, tallying up the different eye colors
of customers, or guessing the attributes of the next person to be
served can be a simple and effective way to pass the hours.
3. Quote of the Week

“You don’t have a sense of humor . . .it has you.”
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World . . .

It’s seems too obvious . . . the Canadian Federal Government has
lost a report. It’s no where to be seen. They just can’t find the
little sucker anywhere. They’ve looked high and low. It’s as though
it vanished.

The subject of the report? How to improve the visibility of the
Federal Government.
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2002

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