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The Hump Day Humor-Gram March 17, 2004 Issue #81

In this issue . . .

1. Laughing Away the Pain: The Latest Research
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
3. Quote of the Week
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World
1. Laughing Away the Pain: The Latest Research

One of the more interesting sessions delivered at the last
Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor Conference, was an
update on the findings by a Zurich researcher named Dr. Willi Ruch,
who has been studying the physical benefits of laughter and humor.

Dr. Ruch’s team found (based on anatomical differences),
that we humans are capable of at least 20 different types of
smiles (each one using a slightly different set or combination of
facial muscles)including the flirtatious smile, miserable smile
and the always enjoyable contemptible smile.

One of his projects also looked into the use of humor as a
pain-reliever: Experiment subjects watched Mr. Bean videos
(highly popular in Europe) while their hands were submerged in
ice water.

What Dr. Ruch found was that those subjects who demonstrated
genuine, REAL smiles, experienced the greatest level of pain relief,
and interestingly, the pain tolerance increased in
subjects 30 minutes AFTER they watched the video.

So the next time you have to see the dentist, or maybe the
tax auditor, a little Mr. Bean maybe just what the doctor

And the second lesson is this: the next time you are feeling happy,
don’t forget to tell your face!
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

It’s not too late!

Silly ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at work:

* Have a contest for the most green-age on an employee
* Wear green, but in a not-so-obvious location:
your underwear, socks or lipstick . . .
* Give a free prize to any workers or clients named Patrick
or Patty
* Put green dye in the office coffee
* Give a small reward to any clients wearing green
* Dish out green cake, green muffins or green eggs and ham
to employees or customers
* Take the team to Ireland on the boss’s expense account
3. Quote of the Week

“Reality is the leading cause of stress for those in touch with it.”
Jane Wagner
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World

In case you forgot to celebrate it, last Sunday (March 14th)
was International Pi Day (as in 3.14 blah blah blah blah to
the blah decimal point).

In celebration of Pi Day, a savant by the name of Daniel
Tammet planned to recite from memory, (in front of an audience of
math geeks) Pi to more than 22,500 decimal points, which would
break the European record and take only six hours to accomplish!

Happy hump day everyone!
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2004

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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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