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Smile: You’re at Work!

1. Thai One on for a Happier Smile

Thailand, by and large, seems to have the right attitude when
it comes to work. Most Thais have the attitude that if they can’t
have fun while they’re working, they won’t do it! Thais tend to
believe meetings should be fun experiences, with lots of joking
around and laughter. In fact, some Thais will even quit higher
paying jobs if the workplace is not fun enough!

Which reminds me of an ad for Thai airways featuring two smiling
flight attendants with the caption: “Can you spot the genuine
smile?” Well, here’s how you can spot the genuine smile, not
just amongst happy-to-be-at-work Thai flight attendants, but
amongst your coworkers. Look for the “Duchenne smile” – named
after French neurologist Guillaume Duchenne, who discovered that
real, sincere smiles linked to genuine feelings of happiness
are revealed in the eyes. While we can all fake a grin only
using our mouths, turns out we have no control over the muscles
around our eyes that wrinkle up in a genuine smile. So if you
want to know if your fellow workers are REALLY happy to be there,
look for those smiling eyes. And if you want more smiling eyes,
then remember to “Thai one on” once in a while.
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

Create a “fun-mobile” for your workplace. Many hospitals use them
for the patients – mobile humor first aid carts stocked with funny
books, tapes, games and goofy toys. You can create a fun cart to
distribute pay checks, dole out interesting news, or hand out a fun
“thought of the day”. The CEO of Cxtec pushes around a cart full of
goofy little toys once a month to employees. At Ctex they also get
the new employees to cart around donuts the first Friday of each
month as a way to encourage the new folks to meet everyone.
(Or, hey, here’s a thought – put the new employee IN the cart,
then wheel him/her around as a fast, efficient way to meet everyone!)
3. Deep Thought of the Week

“If you can’t be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.”
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky, World

The Psychic Friends Network in Baltimore has filed for
bankruptcy. Evidently, they didn’t see it coming.

Happy Hump Day. Keep smiling.
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2008.
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