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The Hump Day Humor-Gram, September 27, 2006 Issue Number 189

1. You Really Can’t Buy Happiness
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
3. Quote of the Week
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World
1. You Really Can’t Buy Happiness

I know, I know, it’s a tired cliché, and one we have a
tough time truly believing, but it turns out more and more
scientists are researching this old cliché. And time
and time again, the answers point towards money having
very little correlation to happiness—once our basic needs
are met. In fact, even though many people make much more
money overall than we did 30 or 40 years ago, levels of
happiness have not risen by the same amount. People who win
lotteries or get a huge increase in pay, report a temporary
increase in happiness, but it’s never permanent – in fact,
after about a year, lottery winners return to whatever level
of happiness they previously enjoyed. The studies also show
that many people who make an above average salary tend to be
more tense, more stressed, and have less time to enjoy life
and do things that create true happiness. This leads many
researchers in this field to conclude that for true happiness,
people should be focusing more on the non-salary aspects
of their work, and instead place more emphasis on the
quality of their work environment.
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

Hold a “Limo Lottery.” Donations can go towards your
favorite charity or your social fund. The winner
gets driven to and from work in a deluxe limo. If
you work by yourself, try it with your clients. If
you work alone and out of your home, well, just stay in
your pajamas, you’re lucky enough already.
3. Quote of the Week

“I never failed once. It just happened to be a 20,001-step
process!” Thomas Edison
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World

There’s so many excuses for getting time off work,
and here’s yet another. Workers in a Russian province
were recently given the afternoon off and told to go
home . . .and multiply. Yes, concern over Russia’s
declining birth rate has brought about some rather wacky
incentives for producing more babies, including not
only time off for good behavior, but gifts such as fridges
and washing machines. Happy Hump Day one and all!
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2006
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