The Hump Day Humor-Gram, May 17,2006, Issue Number 176

WARNING from the Surgeon General: If you suppress
laughter, it goes right to the hips.

1. Are Your Practicing Safe Humor?
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
3. Quote of the Week
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World
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1. Are Your Practicing Safe Humor?

Researcher Herbert Lefcourt has discovered a difference
in how men and women use humor to cope with stress.
Women tend to laugh at themselves more easily in the
face of stress; while men tend to use hostile humor in
the face of stress. Women use laughter in a stressful
event to promote social cohesiveness; men tend to
use humor to establish a social hierarchy. And here’s
the important news in all of this: women’s humor
is more likely to lower their stress level and blood
pressure, while men’s humor is more likely to raise their
blood pressure and level of stress! So the punch line
is this: Men, lighten up! Take a lesson from your female
colleagues and practice safe humor to help you stay
healthy and happy in the face of stress.
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2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

Have different teams/departments video tape two-minute,
fun commercials introducing themselves and what they do
in the context of the larger organization. Give an
award for the most creative entry to encourage folks
to get inspired. The videos can then be compiled and
used at your annual meeting, used to introduce new
employees to your organization, and given out as fun
memorabilia to all employees.
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3. Quote of the Week

An onion can make people cry, but there has never been a
vegetable that can make people laugh. Will Rogers
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4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World

Frustrated working in a Dilbert-like office, a couple of
Shanghai entrepreneurs have started a rather wacky business.
They offer themselves up as a surrogate for your annoying
boss or coworker. So for a very reasonable fee you can vent,
scream, shout insults and yes, even slap (for an additional
fee) the “stand-in” boss/coworker. They see it as a way
of helping frustrated workers express their emotions
without getting fired.

Happy Hump Day everyone! Remember, no slapping!
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Copyright Michael Kerr, 2006 mailto:mike@mikekerr.com
Reach Michael at 1-866-609-2640, http://www.MikeKerr.com.

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