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The Hump Day Humor-gram, May 04, 2005, Issue # 131

In this issue . . .

1. Getting Happy on Hump Day
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
3. Deep Thought of the Week
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World
1. Getting Happy on Hump Day

90% of research conducted on emotions has focussed on
negative emotions. But the tide is shifting. More and
more neuroscientists, doctors, psychologists and
workplace management experts are studying positive
emotions like never before. Over the next year, the
Hump Day will periodically bring you the latest and
greatest insights from this happy, happy research.

Let’s start with the big picture. Overall happiness,
according to one Dr. Seligman, is comprised of three
components: pleasure (stopping and smelling the roses,
savoring that cup of warm coffee); engagement (the
depth of involvement and commitment) and meaning
(using your personal talents and passions towards a
bigger end).

Dr. Seligman, and others, suggest that to increase our
Happiness we need to focus on increasing these three

So in order to make happier little campers of all of us
at work, we need to learn, practice and remind
ourselves to take pleasure in as many things as we can
during the day; connect people’s jobs and passions to
an overall mission that goes beyond earning a pay check;
and foster an atmosphere where people feel engaged by
aligning their talents and passions with their jobs, by
asking them for input, by recognizing their talents and
accomplishments and by giving them the latitude to grow,
be creative, to laugh and have fun!
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

Conduct a “Humor Raid” on another unsuspecting
department, customer or associate. (Perhaps this means
surprising a team with an impromptu goofy song, cake and
silly string.) Be creative. Think fun and playful(not
scary and humiliating!).
3. Quote of the Week

“The man of understanding finds all things laughable,
the man of reason few”. Goethe
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World

British researchers have coined the term “infomania” –
which refers to the “enhanced stupidity” that occurs when
people are busy typing away on their cell phone or keypad
checking for electronic messages. According to their study,
as we type away, we temporarily lose 10 IQ points, more,
they say, than we lose after smoking cannabis.
This explains so much . . .
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2005
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