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The Hump Day Humor-Gram June 23, 2004 Issue #95

In this issue . . .

1. Random Acts of Humor
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
3. Deep Thought of the Week
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World
1. Random Acts of Humor

The phrase “random acts of kindness” is back in the press
after it was reported some fellow was dishing out free hugs in,
of all places, New York City. Another woman did a similar
thing in Toronto, complete with a sign saying “free hugs.”
And two years ago, four young Canadian men spent three months
traveling Canada on an “Extreme Kindness Tour” – doling out
kindness to anyone and everyone they encountered.

As syrupy sweet and Oprahish (it’s a word,) as this concept
sounds, the concept has a lot going for it,
and what better time to bring it into your workplace
than during the doggy days of summer. I mean, come on,
it sure has heck beats random acts of grumpiness, random
acts of sarcasm or random acts of photocopy machine rage.
And studies tell us the performing acts of charity and
kindness boosts our immune system and make us feel happier
and better about ourselves (so do it for selfish
reasons if need be).

Of course, I’m a proponent of going one step further –
how about random acts of HUMOR? Why not run up
to your P.A. system right now and sing a funny song
or tell a joke? Or walk sideways to your next meeting
or get out of your car in a traffic jam and start dancing
(ideally with the 300 pound flagman). Give out a goofy
prize, randomly, to a customer or co-worker. Phone up a
colleague and tell them you are too busy to
talk to them right now. Just do something, on the spur of the
moment, to shake up your inner grump and give your coworkers,
customers or family members a reason to laugh.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go do the fun dance.
Naked. In front of my mirror.
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

Summer has finally arrived. The moment we’ve all
been waiting for. And what better time to set up a lemonade
stand in your hallway, on your front sidewalk, office, or,
heck, elevator? Charge people a loony and put the money towards
a local charity, your office social fund or your early
retirement package.
3. Deep Thought of the Week

To err is human – to blame it on someone else is politics.
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World

A St. Louis man was recently arrested for drunk driving . . .
on his lawnmower. So please remember folks, this summer,
don’t drink and mow. Or weed. Or drink and walk.
You know what – just stay home and no one will get hurt.

Happy Hump Day everyone! Keep laughing.
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2004

Back issues of the Hump Day Express can be
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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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