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´Let·s get goofyµ
Overview and Goals
Learn about the physiology of laughter Have some fun and giggles Learn some humor tips Bring fun to work with you Spread the fun germ Be serious about fun in your life Simple acts of fun Share some fun stories or ideas
Benefits of laughter What makes humor an important part of the workplace A twelve-step program fun-nomenon Humor tips and how to help create fun-actics with your team Funny resources Day to day fun- what YOU smiling at!
Did you know that ...
The average pre-schooler laughs or smiles 400 times a day? People smile only 35 percent as much as they think they do? Laughter releases endorphins, a chemical 10 times more powerful than the pain-relieving drug morphine, into the body with the same exhilarating effect as doing strenuous exercise?
and relieves stress.. you burn up 3 and 1/2 calories? Laughing increases oxygen intake. thereby replenishing and invigorating cells? It also increases the pain threshold. ..Did you know that . Every time you have a good hearty laugh. boosts immunity.
. They discovered that people who have fun on the job: are more creative. better decision-makers. more productive.Smiling statistics Many doctors have researched and has studied fun at work for years.
They also have fewer absentee. and sick days than people who aren't having fun.Smiling statistics They get along better with co-workers. They are more open to change and exploring new ways to do things . late.
98 percent preferred job candidates with a sense of humor to those without Another survey indicated that 84 percent of the executives thought that employees with a sense of humor do a better job than people with little or no sense of humor. .Smiling statistics A survey had found that of 737 CEOs surveyed.
Smiling statistics An International survey stated only 15% of workers are fired because of lack of competence. The remaining 85% are let go because of their inability to get along with fellow employees. When asked about the qualities of an effective employee. . senior administrators and human relations personnel check humor as one of the choice attributes of a desired employee.
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Why bring your funny bone to work?? A work environment that cultivates fun ² grows in energy. self-esteem and team spirit In working environments where humor is supported there develops a culture that utilizes the humor to reduce stress and provide perspective. In today·s times we need humor more than ever. . Learning to laugh at ourselves and our work lightens the load.
the person that performs well succeeds. Infuse your training with acts of fun and you will engage your audience . ´got toµ Productivity is a performance art.Humor energizes us« A fun culture motivates and nurtures ´want toµ vs. Fun is an important tool in the trainer·s belt.
Humor energizes us« Fun is an integral element of adult learning and helps to facilitate lasting effects Fun creates enthusiasm and excitement in learning something new. it stimulates the senses A fun culture means being prepared to break out of the box ² doing the unexpected ² willingness to look or be silly .
" The secretary's sign pokes fun at the situation." OR "A Creative Mess is better than Tidy Idleness. Consider the frazzled secretary who posts the sign "I have only two speeds. and the boss's note pokes some fun at himself.Humor helps communication« Humor can provide a non-threatening means through which an employee or employer can communicate with others without intensifying the emotional temperature of the relationship. . and if this one isn't fast enough then I'm sure you're not going to like my other.
If you communicate in a fun memorable way. Communication is a vital key for success in every organization . you will grab the attention of your audience It will engage their interest and enliven their willingness to act.Humor helps communication« A smile can also have a positive effect on the sound of your voice.
Office jokes taking the seriousness of work lightly provide us with the opportunity to become more connected with others. . It soothes the natural tensions that arise when people work together. and it creates camaraderie in teams.Humor builds relationships« Humor can facilitate the development of staff cohesion and a sense of team effort in the workplace Fun is a social glue: it gets individuals to stick together.
etc. . Dr. author of Anatomy of an Illness. Norman Cousins. brought to our attention how laughter can be healing or reduce symptoms.Humor Reduces Stress« Work is often associated with stress. employee burn-out. absenteeism. and we know that stress is one of the main causes of illness. and we can't feel good and feel stress simultaneously. Humor is a great stress reliever because it makes us feel good.
laughter. and skeletal. Humor provides a psychological stress reducer as it snaps our thinking to another channel. When we laugh we feel physically better. and after laughter we feel lighter and more relaxed. cardiovascular. reduce stress by activating the physiological systems including the muscular. as many of us have. respiratory. . This fact results in the loss of muscle control. Laughter has been labeled a jogging and juggling of the internal organs. when we laugh so hard that we fall down or wet our pants.Humor Reduces Stress« Humor and its fallout.
but it does make you part of a bigger picture.Humor Provides Perspective« Another way in which humor lightens the load of the workplace is by providing perspective..liners often found on postcards) says. Ashleigh Brilliant (known for his one. "Distance doesn't really make you any smaller." ..there are BILLIONS of people who don't care one way or the other. "The whole world isn't against you." Consider the Ziggy cartoon where Ziggy is lying on the psychiatrist's couch and the psychiatrist is saying.
12 steps to fun or How to recover your funny bone 1. Start with yourself Don·t wait for someone else to start the fun ² find your own Discover your funny bone. examine how you spend your time and what you can change to split your sides Create your own style. anything goes (almost) . get zany.
12 steps to fun 2. Inspire fun in others Be a role model for fun Recognize and support the effort of others in the creation of fun. Give gifts that stimulate fun and spontaneity .
Choose colors that enliven your spirit. Use music to brighten your mood. Have toys within reach to relieve stress Put up pictures of smiling faces and cuddly pets .12 steps to fun 3. Create an environment that encourages fun The workspace can have a great impact on our attitude.
12 steps to fun 4. Be fun·s champion Be open to other·s ideas Use fun to spontaneously celebrate good work and good effort . Celebrate the befits of fun Recognize fun when you see it.
Look for the humor in your situation Find the silver cloud People want to be with someone fun and optimistic Always be ready to laugh. . especially at yourself.12 steps to fun 5.
Make it a goal to find and remove obstacles that stop the flow of fun. let it travel thru the organization giving it energy and life.12 steps to fun 6. Eliminate boundaries and obstacles that inhibit fun Fun is contagious. .
12 steps to fun 7. Surprise is half the fun. Follow your intuition. be spontaneous Don·t wait for fun to find you ² make it occur whenever anyone needs a boost. use it to refresh your work and team. .
12 steps to fun 8. It is the lubricant for getting things done well and effectively with others. Don·t Postpone your fun (or mine) Fun is not a reward for completing a task. Make it a daily part of your routine! .
Make fun inclusive Fun is for sharing The moment you exclude another from the fun it stops being fun ´The more the merrierµ is the best attitude to adopt.12 steps to fun 9. .
SMILE! And laugh a lot Smiling and laughing cost nothing.12 steps to fun 10. they need no special skills and take little time to accomplish Smiles are contagious and what a wonderful thing to catch Greet everyone with a smile. laugh at yourself. you·ll find others eager to join in the fun. . tell a joke.
12 steps to fun 11. Become know as ´Fun Lovingµ This is the greatest compliment you can receive. Make it a personal mission to infuse fun into everything you do. Share your fun with others and let it light up your life .
Put fun into action Grab a fun idea and take action Share ideas.12 steps to fun 12. borrow ideas. or create your own. just start the fun! Make it a habit .
watch the smiles around you. purchase one for a 5 year old and pen in the 6. Birthday card for a 65 year old.Tips to tickle the funny bone Lighten up the day to day Frustrated by morning traffic? ² Grab some ´Grouchoµ glasses and slip them on. Smiling pancakes in the morning .
.Lighten up the day to day Be a joke fairy. Leave a joke or special surprise under someone·s pillow. Or add it to their lunch bag to brighten the day. Watch AFV together and forget the news for a night.
cartoon clips or post its. have a sundae social on a Monday afternoon. theme day or use your imagination day. pig out day. Casual day. Celebrate Christmas in July.Lighten up at work Page a day calendars Fun and motivational signs. posters. .
Lighten up at work Learning the Fun-damentals Engage new employees with an orientation scavenger hunt Start a meeting with a ball-park wave Use a game format such as bingo or jeopardy in training sessions Start the training with a sing along ² a theme song or an oldie but goodie .
paddle with ball. funny pens .More tricks for the trainer Hand out crayons and have participants doodle the key points Create a crossword puzzle or word scramble with learning objectives Giving a test? Use fun prizes like bubbles.
² The funniest thing I·ve seen at work« Have a meeting mascot Pick a color and have everyone wear it that day ..Meetings fun?? What an oxymoron Start your meeting by asking everyone to complete an opened-ended grabber of a sentence: ² Wouldn·t it be fun if«.
Give them a ´get out of jail freeµ card to use for a few hours off.Recognition with a fun twist Provide staff with a wellness day off campus. Give a fun sweet treat. . Give fun gifts such as these books: ² All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten ² Chicken Soup for the Soul ² Life·s Little Instruction Book.
any milestone ² Bring in treats ² Send flowers or balloons ² Display it in a public area ² Put it in the newsletter ² Send out an email . anniversaries. projects completed.Funny you should say that« Celebrate birthdays.
Tickets to a sports event 5. Popcorn tins or fruit baskets 8.*Dave·s Top ten list 10. Plaques and trophies 7. Balloons (with or without the gorilla delivery) . Gag gifts 11. Books 6.
T-Shirts. and 1. Coffee mugs (preferably with a cartoon) . Gift certificates (to almost anything) 3.*Dave·s Top ten list 4. Dinner out (lunch and breakfast work too) 2.
Foster funny teamwork Have a movie at work with popcorn and candy Set up a ball game after work and start the fun with a tailgate party lunch Golf outing for everyone ² set up a miniature golf course on campus Special Olympics ² egg relay ² chair races ´Decorate your area/work spaceµ contests .
What YOU Smiling at?? Students Say the darndest things ´Can I take dance 101 as an online course?µ ´I didn·t read the email because. I get too many« my inbox is full« can·t remember«µ ´I didn·t think the deadline was really THE deadlineµ .
Students say the darndest things .
What YOU Smiling at?? Opportunity to share a smile .
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