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Published on January 17, 2008

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Laugh for the health of it!!:  Laugh for the health of it!! How to have less stress in your life and more fun. Linda Cairns:  Linda Cairns Thank you for support from Sask. Learning, Andrew Thompson and Minister Higgins. Saskatchewan Division, Inc Life is a journey.:  Life is a journey. Do you focus on the barriers or do you focus on the open road? When we go on a long trip we need to be prepared.:  When we go on a long trip we need to be prepared. We need to take certain things to help us on our way: We need to love and be loved :  We need to love and be loved We want someone to love, who will love us in return. We will want something to do:  We will want something to do We need meaningful work We will want something to believe in:  We will want something to believe in We need something to hope for. No matter how bad things get::  No matter how bad things get: We need to believe that we do matter That we can do something to make life a little bit better. We want to look back with pride and forward with hope.:  We want to look back with pride and forward with hope. We need a healthy sense of humour. Working Environments ?!?:  Working Environments ?!? What kind of work environments do we experience? 1. Sickness:  1. Sickness This is no longer allowed under any circumstances. We will no longer accept your doctor’s statement as proof of illness. If you can walk to your doctor, you can certainly do work. 2. Leave of Absence for an Operation:  2. Leave of Absence for an Operation This practice must stop from today. We wish to discourage any thoughts that you may need all of whatever you have and should not consider having anything removed. We hired you for all that you are and to have anything removed certainly makes you less than we bargained for. 3. Death, other than your own:  3. Death, other than your own You must arrange to attend funerals very late in the day after your work is done. Providing this is adhered to, we will consider letting you go 1 hour earlier. Please be sure to put this in writing. 4. Death, Your Own:  4. Death, Your Own This is acceptable as an excuse, but… We would like at least two weeks notice as we feel it is your duty to teach someone else your job. Treat this point as important. 5. Personal Hygiene:  5. Personal Hygiene Entirely too much time is being spent in the washroom. In the future you will follow the practice of going in alphabetical order. For instance, those with surnames beginning with “A” will be allowed to go from 9 to 9:05 and so on. If you are unable to go at your appointed time you must wait until the next day when your time comes around again. 6. Quantity of Work:  6. Quantity of Work No matter how much you do, you’ll never do enough. If you disagree please see your District Representative. 7. Quality of Work:  7. Quality of Work The minimum acceptable level is PERFECTION at ALL times. 8. Advice from the Workplace Specialist:  8. Advice from the Workplace Specialist Eat a live frog the first thing in the morning and you will be hopping around all day. Certainly nothing worse can happen to you the rest of the day. 9. The BOSS is ALWAYS RIGHT even in his/her absence.:  9. The BOSS is ALWAYS RIGHT even in his/her absence. 10. When the BOSS is WRONG: Refer to Rule 8.:  10. When the BOSS is WRONG: Refer to Rule 8. The Laughter Rap:  The Laughter Rap Some people create joy wherever they go. Others create joy whenever they go. Anonymous:  Some people create joy wherever they go. Others create joy whenever they go. Anonymous Ways of preventing distress and depression:  Ways of preventing distress and depression Planning financial, family & future goals Eat well Exercise regularly Limit alcohol/drug intake Know effects of medication Rest Maintain focus on priorities Seek support when needed Resolve conflicts Maintain a spiritual connection Have some fun Create sets of loose routines Positive self-talk Laugh Hang on to your sense of humour:  Hang on to your sense of humour Enjoy HEALTHY humour Have fun every day Joy and laughter is the best stress buster Keeps things in perspective Allows us to face problems with renewed concentration Pop Quiz:  Pop Quiz Sense of Humour Checklist And Laughter Quotient Excuses for NOT Laughing How to look like you were weaned on a pickle:  Excuses for NOT Laughing How to look like you were weaned on a pickle Things are absolutely perfect the way they are. Is this one of those right-brain approaches? It is not in our code of ethics. I’ll bring it to my committee for discussion Can’t we just buy a laugh track? No one has ever seen my teeth. If I start laughing, I won’t be able to stop I’m too old to start laughing now. You don’t understand, I have a bad hip. I’d like to read more about it first. Maybe if I were paid more, I might reconsider. My parents never taught me how. I read that laughter damages brain cells. I was weaned on a pickle. Four Humour Styles:  Four Humour Styles The Laughing Classroom by Diana Loomans & Karen Kolberg Four Humour Styles:  Four Humour Styles Are you a Joy Master?:  Are you a Joy Master? If you have checked 5 or more statements, congratulations! As a Joy Master, you know how to take humour to its highest form! As a role model, your warm sense of humour will be an inspiration to others. Are you a Fun Meister?:  Are you a Fun Meister? If you have checked 3 or more in either category, you are definitely a frolicking Fun Meister. Challenge yourself to turn negative traits to positive ones that can be appreciated by all! Are you a Joke Maker?:  Are you a Joke Maker? If you have 3 or more checks in either category, you are probably a jovial Joke Maker. Challenge yourself to turn negative traits to positive ones that will bring a smile to everyone’s face. Are you a Life Mocker?:  Are you a Life Mocker? If you have checked 5 or more statements. BEWARE!!! What you consider a sense of humour is really your method of lashing out and hurting others. Take time to analyze what messages you are giving to yourself about the world and your place within it. Look at the positive qualities of the Joy Master, Fun Meister, and Joke Maker to see if they can help you become lighter and more loving toward yourself and others. The High Fives of Humour:  The High Fives of Humour 5 Social Benefits of Laughter:  5 Social Benefits of Laughter Builds a sense of team. Promotes creativity. Increases communication. Enhances self-esteem. Reduces conflict. 5 Positive Results from Laughter:  5 Positive Results from Laughter Enthusiasm Confidence. Optimism. Joy. Openness. 5 Physical Benefits of Laughter:  5 Physical Benefits of Laughter Reduces stress. Enhances immune system functioning. Acts as an internal massage. Regulates blood pressure. Feels good. 5 Ways to Recognize Laughter:  5 Ways to Recognize Laughter Exhalation of breath. Shaking of chest and sides. Watering eyes. Contraction of facial muscles. Cheeks turning bright red. 5 Qualities That Reflect Fun & Enthusiasm:  5 Qualities That Reflect Fun & Enthusiasm Vocal variety. Animated facial expressions. Exuberant energy level. Passion about work. Willingness to take risks. 5 Basic Competencies Enhanced by Humour:  5 Basic Competencies Enhanced by Humour Communication skills. Creative/critical thinking skills. Cultural awareness skills. Cooperative learning skills. Coping skills. 5 Habits to Assure Wonderful Human Relationships:  5 Habits to Assure Wonderful Human Relationships Acceptance. Appreciation. Admiration. Approval. Attention. Healthy humour is an important part of our own life journey.:  Healthy humour is an important part of our own life journey. Laughter needs to encouraged like a child, given room to grow like an adolescent, and be respected like an elder. It is a skill that lasts a lifetime. The Laughing Oath To be stated while wearing a great big grin::  The Laughing Oath To be stated while wearing a great big grin: I do solemnly swear from this day forward To grease my giggling gears each day And to wear a grin on my face for no reason at all! I promise to tap my funny bone often, With children, family, friends, colleagues & clients, And to laugh at least fifteen times per day. I believe that frequent belly laughter Cures terminal tightness, cerebral stiffness, And hardening of the attitudes, And that HA HA often lead to AHA! Therefore, I vow, from this day forth, To brighten the day of everyone I meet, And to laugh long and prosper! The Big Smiling Oath:  The Big Smiling Oath How do you have FUN ????:  How do you have FUN ???? Humour Homework:  Humour Homework Regain your smile. Smiling is a million dollar habit. Identify your humour style and the humour styles of those you work with. Perform the Laughter Rap. Write new verses for it. Ask a colleague to become your laughing buddy. Form a larger coalition and become known as “The Three Wise Guys.” Hang onto your sense of humour and have fun every day. Watch a funny movie. Read the comics every day and cut out the ones that remind you of your life. Find the humour in them. Sort through family photos and write funny captions or one liners to go with your favourites. Humour Homework cont’d:  Humour Homework cont’d 9. Create a humour environment. A ha ha bulletin board. Recall several of the most embarrassing moments in your life.Find the humour in them. Now practise telling stories about them in humorous ways. Anytime something annoying or frustrating occurs, turn it on its head and find the humour. Think about it like it happened to someone else. Laugh at him and then at yourself. Every night at dinner, make family members share one funny story or even an embarrassing moment of their day. When a person offends you or makes you angry, respond with humour rather than hostility. Sign up to receive the Top 10 List from David Letterman. Find something humourous in every day. Exaggerate and overstate problems. Making the situation bigger than life can help us regain a humourous perspective. Focus humour on yourself. “Because of my lack of hair, I tell others I’m a former expert on how to cure baldness.” More Humour Homework:  More Humour Homework 18. Listen to a recording of laughter. Record people laughing; especially children. 19. Make your kids giggle or tickle laugh. 20. Play music during low energy moments.Get out of your seat and move your body. 21. Sing happy songs such as “Zippedy Doo Dah” 22. Hold a meeting without flipcharts, computers etc. Put paper and crayons on the tables. 23. Smile, laugh out loud, laugh silently every time you hit delete on your keyboard. 24. Read a children’s book out loud. 25. Read or write humourous poetry. 26. Hold a tell a joke contest. Laughter Session:  Laughter Session Clapping in a Rhythm 1-2, 1-2-3 along with chanting “Ho-ho-ha-ha-ha” Deep breathing: inhale through the nose ; prolonged exhalation (3 times) Shoulder, neck and stretching exercises ( 5 times each) Hearty laughter with hands high in the air. Greeting laughter Appreciation laughter One meter laughter (4 times) Milk shake laughter(4 times) 9. Silent laughter (without sound) 10. Humming laughter (with mouth closed) 11. Swinging laughter 12. Lion laughter Cell phone laughter Argument laughter Forgiveness/apology laughter Gradient laughter Heart to heart laughter Closing chant Techniques for Surviving & Thriving:  Techniques for Surviving & Thriving Hang on to your sense of humour. Have fun everyday. Have some goal, a purpose in life. Spirituality and philosophy give a sense of unity. Practise mental relaxation exercises. Look for balance. Learn to say “NO” Learn more about how you respond to change Validation De- stress Thank you for listening and laughing.:  Thank you for listening and laughing. Linda Cairns Director Friends for Life friends@cmhask.com

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