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Daily Connections Recap - 3/27/2020 - Laughter Is The Best Medicine

As we enter a period of renewal and change, Your Clear Next Step is committed to helping our customers make their businesses and workdays even better. We will be here to walk beside you, to listen, to connect, and to aid in your search for clarity. In doing so, we are offering a free, daily Zoom call, called Daily Connections, at 1:15pm (CDT) every weekday from 3/19/2020-5/1/2020.

These calls are a chance for us to share tips and discussion about relevant topics (working remotely, maintaining consistency in uncertain times, building relationships across geography, staying motivated, staying connected, etc) and network with each other to provide help and support during this time of change.

Thank you to everyone who was able to join us today! The next call will be Monday, March 30th at 1:15pm (CDT). Click here to join.

On today's call...

Sinikka shared a few tips about laughter - the best medicine. 

  • Lots of resources out there will point to the benefits of laughter 
    • Immediate boost to your mood 
    • Instantaneously refocus your mind 
    • Release endorphins 
    • Boost immunity 
    • Exercise the heart 
    • Burn a few calories 
    • Stimulate circulation 
    • Aid in muscle relaxation 
    • Diffuse anger 
    • May help you live longer 
  • Many folks use humor to help themselves through tough situations or to break the tension.
  • Just as with any communication or message, the focus needs to be on the other person, the receiver – if they’re not in a position to appreciate humor, it may be best not to force it.
  • We need to take care that our humor doesn’t belittle, minimize, marginalize, or in any way degrade any person or group.
  • Sarcasm (using humor to belittle a person) is one of the most toxic substances in the workplace but irony (using humor to poke fun at a situation) is more often welcome!

Here are some of our favorites: 

  • For those working with small children in the background:
    • If a child refuses to sleep during nap time, are they guilty of "resisting a rest"?
  • For those with hobbies:
    • I'm reading a book about anti-gravity. It's impossible to put down!
  • For those in supply chain:
    • I ordered a chicken and an egg from Amazon. I’ll let you know
  • Those who are wishing they could travel:
    • Why do seagulls live by the sea?  Because if they lived by the bay, they’d be bagels!
    • A slice of apple pie is $2.50 in Jamaica and $3.00 in the Bahamas. These are the "pie rates" of the Caribbean.
  • Two related to health:
    • What did one elevator say to the other?  I think I'm coming down with something
    • How do you make a Kleenex dance?  Put a little boogie in it
  • One that’s kind of timely:
    • What kind of jokes does the CDC recommend right now?  INSIDE Jokes
  • Some others, just for fun!
    • I couldn’t figure out why the baseball kept getting bigger. Then it hit me.
    • What’s orange and sounds like a parrot? A carrot.
    • Finland just closed their borders, which means no one can cross the "Finnish line."
    • Bananas are the exact opposite of traffic lights. Green means hold up. Yellow means go-ahead. Red means where’d you get that funky banana?  
    • I now understand why the pets always try and run outside as soon as the door opens.
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About the Author

Sinikka Waugh

Sinikka Waugh is a recognized leader in understanding people and in adapting tools, techniques, and processes to meet the demands of the situation at hand. Since 2006, Sinikka has provided compassionate leadership in transformation initiatives. When she isn’t in front of a class, she enjoys putting her background in English and French Literature to work, by writing blogs about the subjects she teaches every day.


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