Lighten Up At Work

Written by Virginia Reeves

This article focuses on ideas to having more fun at work by employing a more light-hearted approach. I hope these ideas, obtained from several sources, will spark you to share as well. Wouldn't it be great to smile more while putting in all those hours onrepparttar job? Have fun, giggle, and make life easier for yourself andrepparttar 118293 people you spend a lot of time with.

Laughter works because it increases blood circulation, feeds oxygen torepparttar 118294 brain, pumps out hormones that aid alertness, and releases pain-killing endorphins. These effects can improve mental skills such as decision making, negotiating, data organization, and word association. Tell me how any boss could argue with those benefits.


Years ago I listened to a speaker, Jim Pelley of Laughter Works, who proposed that companies consider having a CEO of HOHO (Creative Employee Organizer who Helps Others Handle Obstacles). The concept is great. I jotted down these points on how to incorporate more humor intorepparttar 118295 work place. * use props such as humorous posters onrepparttar 118296 employee bulletin board or in your work space * decorate a plant with a red rubber nose, scarf, silly glasses, magic wand, etc. * create a humorous sick leave, bathroom or vacation policy to parody those typical boring office policy manuals * keep a cartoon or joke book nearrepparttar 118297 telephone to relax and laugh while you are on hold (not only will you feel better, you'll probably carry over that smile and boost uprepparttar 118298 spirits of whoever answersrepparttar 118299 phone thereby lightening up their day too) * give out monthly awards forrepparttar 118300 most creative use of telephone time, late-to-work excuses, expense account rationalization, etc. * sing out your complaints (use whatever form of music fits you or pick something that isn't you to really make a point) * take a quick laughter break every two hours (you should walk away from anything you're doing periodically anyway so why not make it fun?!) * when you are having a "train-wreck-of-the-mind" or a "mental meltdown" it's even more critical to step away in order to keep things in perspective and restore your positive outlook. * Jim's a fun speaker - check his website at


One ofrepparttar 118301 reasons we respond to people with a sense of humor is that humor implies control and command of a situation. If there is a crisis, an emergency, a time of challenge - and a leader can joke inrepparttar 118302 face of it - it implies that a solution has been found,repparttar 118303 right path to follow has been determined. Humor isrepparttar 118304 ultimate expression of being cool, calm, and collected. A great example is during 1944,repparttar 118305 German army hadrepparttar 118306 101st Airborne Division surrounded and trapped at Gastogner. Whenrepparttar 118307 German commander presented an ultimatum to surrender to General McAuliffe, he gave a one word answer: "Nuts!" It brought a smile to Allied faces throughoutrepparttar 118308 world and a new resolve torepparttar 118309 men ofrepparttar 118310 101st to break out ofrepparttar 118311 ring and move on to win - and they did.


As I've stated in other articles, I keep material gathered from all sorts of places. This came from a workbook somewhere. I hope you enjoy it and consider posting it.

The New "Throw Your Weight Around" Diet If you're worried about not getting allrepparttar 118312 exercise you need because you're not jogging, swimming, or playing tennis, worry no more. A study released byrepparttar 118313 U.S. Foreign Service Medical Bulletin shows that managers do indeed burn up calories despiterepparttar 118314 sedentary nature of their jobs. The following chart tells how, along withrepparttar 118315 number of calories burned per hour. * beating aroundrepparttar 118316 bush 75 * jumping to conclusions 100 * climbingrepparttar 118317 walls 150 * swallowing your pride 50 * passingrepparttar 118318 buck 25 * throwing your weight around (depending on your weight) 50 to 300 * dragging your heels 100 * pushing your luck 250 * making mountains out of molehills 500 * adding fuel torepparttar 118319 fire 150 * wading through paperwork 300 * bending over backwards 75 * jumping onrepparttar 118320 bandwagon 200 * running around in circles 350 * eating crow 225 * climbingrepparttar 118321 ladder of success 750 * pulling out allrepparttar 118322 stops 75 * wrapping it up at day's end 12

Tickle Your Funny Bone

Written by Virginia Reeves

Practicing humor can lift tension, reduce stress, diffuse confrontation, improve communication, and enhance your relationship with others in any group. It can also increase productivity, learning ability, cooperation, teamwork, and profits while energizing you and others. Wow! Why wouldn't we want to incorporate even more of this no-cost action into our daily life? Here's more benefits:

Humor isrepparttar shock absorber that easesrepparttar 118292 bumps in life and laughter is a vaccine forrepparttar 118293 ills ofrepparttar 118294 world. Laughter increases your adrenaline which leads to a release of enthusiasm and optimism. Aerobic breathing comes from laughter - your endorphins are super-charged.

Humor is associated with youth, vigor, intelligence and being "with it." The broad smile and light remark are welcome guests at any gathering. It says: I want to be friends. Humor enhances an image, motivates, and helps create a relaxed reality.

Expressing your sense of humor can be as simple as encouraging and responding torepparttar 118295 merriment of those around you - even with just a smile. You don't have to be a joke teller. Think about words or images that bring a grin to your face. Here's a start: * supercalifragilisticexpealodocious (I think I got it right - help Mary Poppins!) * upsy daisy day (thanks to Stephanie West Allen who publishes an e-zine with this name) * Snoopy (Charlie Brown's dog) dancing forrepparttar 118296 pure joy of it * a child discovering something new (I remember my niece's first fun encounter playing inrepparttar 118297 sand) *repparttar 118298 antics of Red Skelton, Carol Burnett, Bill Cosby, Lucille Ball, Robin Williams, Jim Carey

Have you given much thought to what makes you smile, giggle or burst out into a loud and refreshing belly laugh? What situations were you in or who are you with when you feelrepparttar 118299 most at ease to let your sense of humor come out and play? What arerepparttar 118300 circumstances when your senses are full ofrepparttar 118301 magic of outright pleasure, entertainment and enjoyment?

Here's a real easy idea - share cartoon and funny stories with your friends, co-workers and family. I recently sent a cartoon to a lady whose theme is to live with passion and gratitude - she was delighted that I thought of her and responded directly to her gardening interest. I took pleasure in knowing that I'd made her grin too. Many of you probably receive and forward some delightful tales and absurdities that you find onrepparttar 118302 Internet or in magazines. Last week I *snail mailed* a piece about ludicrous lawsuits andrepparttar 118303 cost of a child to some friends to give them a little lift to their day. Not only did they enjoyrepparttar 118304 silliness but they were also happy to get something other than bills and junk mail to open!

I've read that benefits are gained from smiling at a minimum of five people a day. If you are working alone or really can't find a good reason to smile at your co-workers or family that day - then find another way to make sure you bring a smile to yourself. Read some jokes in a book or on a humor site or e-zine. Watch a favorite TV show or rent a movie that you know will make you feel good. Another method is to look for five funny or absurd things a day - this keeps your mind thinking inrepparttar 118305 direction of being less serious.

Here's some great statements and thoughts to keep in mind. * Take time to laugh, it is music torepparttar 118306 soul. * Every survival kit should include a sense of humor. * A smile adds a great deal to your face value. * He who laughs, lasts. * Laughter is contagious...start an epidemic. * Put on candid camera glasses every day. * Find your own "mirth angel". * Recharge your batteries and put more joy in your life.

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