Posts Tagged ‘fun at work’

Humor In The Workplace Suggestions..

Monday, May 4th, 2009

Here are some some fun ways to add some daily humor in your workplace…

“The Success Bell!” When someone in the office helps a client or makes a new sale they ring a bell and everyone cheers and laughs.

2) “Funny Name Day!” Everyone gets to think up a funny name for themselves and puts it on a name tag and all through the day they are called that name. (Example: Bart Simpson, Daffy Duck, Kermit The Frog…_)

3) “Red Nose Lunch Day!” This can be a day or a week when the employees wear a red nose during lunch and are instructed to find a joke on the internet and share it during lunch for some fun laughs. (I can give links to where the can buy the red noses for very little money.)

4) “Time to Laugh!” There can be a bell or a laugh bag and when it is heard everyone stops what they are doing, stands and lets out a loud laugh for a couple seconds and then goes back to work.

5) “Wear Something Funny Day!” This is where the sky could be the limit. They can set up theme days like clown day or cartoon character day where they could wear something to represent the funny theme.

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6) “Celebrate a silly holiday!” This could be a holiday like Ground Hog Day, for example. Everyone asked to bring in a Ground Hog dish, tell Ground Hog jokes and sing Ground Hog Songs. (Everyday is a silly holiday I will have a link up on my site with ideas)

If you have more ideas feel free to share them with us….

Copyright Richard Paul 2009

Laughter is an Instant Stress Reliever

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

“Laughter is as tranquilizer with no side effects.” Arnold Glasow

Laughter is one of the body’s safety mechanisms. It helps us to counter balance our stress and tension. When we are stressed our body quickly increases a hormone called cortisol. Is cortisol bad for us? Doctors say that is an important hormone in the body, secreted by the adrenal glands. It helps with the several functions in the body.

1) Proper glucose metabolism
2) Regulation of blood pressure
3) Insulin release for blood sugar maintenance
4) Immune function
5) Inflammatory response

They say it is normally high in the morning and very low at night. But when we are stressed it changes the natural daily balance. Stress causes our body to goes into the fight or flight mode causing a quick serge or prolonged higher cortisol level. When this happens it can impair our cognitive performance, suppress our thyroid function, cause a blood sugar imbalance, decrease bone density, decrease muscle tissue, increase blood pressure, lower the immune system and can increase abdominal fat which can cause heart attack and stroke.
Laughter is one of the quickest ways to reduce stress. A good laugh adds a burst of oxygen that instantly helps relax the mind and decrease the cortisol to near normal levels. Studies have shown that laughter helps improve memory, lower blood pressure, balance blood sugar and increase the immune system. When you find yourself stressed out or feeling over whelmed that is the time you need to laugh.

I heard a story about a young model that was shot on a subway in New York near Time Square. She said at the hospital she was so frightened and panicked that it was her sense of humor and her ability to laugh that helped her cope with an extremely stressful situation. She also added that during recovery she spent most of her days watching the old TV sitcom “Friends.” She said the humor helped her work through the stress giving her energy to make it through the day. She also believed the chuckles helped with her healing process too.

Phyllis Diller said, “A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.”

If your world seems like its upside down that is the time to escape with a good laugh.
It will not only lower the cortisol but ignite the healing power and energy within to make it through the storm. Remember what they say laugh and the world laughs with you, cry and even your cat will say, “hey I don’t need this!” Then she will leave you and look for a new owner who likes to laugh.

Copyright Richard Paul 2009