Written by Truman Tockhole III

Copyright The Quipping Queen 2005.


-- Or, what doesn’t have web feet, feathers and can’t even quack? --

By Truman Tockhole III, a casual observer of alien artifacts, odd orifices and strange stuff found underwater, below ground, inrepparttar refrigerator, or beneath one’s bed

What does one do with an empty calendar?

The simple answer is to fill inrepparttar 135202 blanks with all manner of really important things to do. Or, if you’re like some folks, (with neither a calendar nor a “to-do” list), it’s your lucky day to engage in diddly squat, or if you prefer, zilch.

But, if perchance you have a curious gene in your blessed body like yours truly, you may want to learn some rather important lessons of life from a “geoduck”.

With a mere 39,000 websites devoted to this longest living creature on earth, you’d think everyone would know a thing or two about this little gem that lives in a shell beneathrepparttar 135203 sea.

Okay, so you're not up to snuff onrepparttar 135204 humble geoduck. Trust me, being an edible, five-pound clam fromrepparttar 135205 Pacific Coast does have certain advantages.

-- For one thing, it’s a dandy little handle to have, but few can pronounce this seven-letter word correctly (it’s “gooey-duck” if you really want to know).

-- Just when you thought all ducks have web feet, feathers, quack and live in marshlands built by Ducks Unlimited, this alien creature buried in sand and salt water comes along to prove you wrong; (nowrepparttar 135206 real question these critters ever grab some shut-eye...maybe even a power nap or snooze likerepparttar 135207 rest of us?)

Why It Pays to Out More Humor in the Workplace

Written by Mike Moore

1. Humor reduces stress levels and stress isrepparttar number one problem confronting employees today.

2. Laughter boosts morale while stress erodes staff morale. It is inrepparttar 135156 best interest of any business to invest inrepparttar 135157 happiness of its employees. Laughter is an effective barometer of just how happy your people are.

3. Keeping things in perspective tends to boost morale and humor helps us keep things in perspective.

4. Humor helps facilitate change. Change is inevitable and people who laugh well and often tend to be more flexible and adaptable.

5. Communication improves when humor is used appropriately. The timely use of humor can get a point across effectively and assists inrepparttar 135158 process of problem solving.

6. Laughter and humor relieve boredom and increase creative energy.

7. Humor builds confidence. When we laugh at ourselves we are less rigid and more spontaneous. We tend to bounce back more quickly when negative things happen. Humor also makes us less fearful of making mistakes and more confident about overcoming setbacks.

8. Laughter and humor promote positive relationships. When you hear a funny story your first impulse is to tell someone and sharerepparttar 135159 laughter. When laughter is shared a natural bonding takes place.

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