fight the daily onslaught of stress in your life I
suggest that you use your sense of humor. Nothing
relaxes and refreshes the body like a good hearty
laugh. The ability to take your job seriously and
yourself lightly will go a long way in the battle
sense of humor can be used in stress reduction,
problem solving, team building and improving
communications without ever telling a joke.
works by stepping back from a situation and playing up
its absurdities. Remember that vacation from hell you
had and how two weeks later you were laughing about
it. For STRESS BUSTING Jeff says, "Why wait?
Laugh at it while it's happening."
your laughter needs to be internal, for example during
a board meeting. When your boss announces your budget
for the next year, you don't want to laugh in his
face. (Then you would need my seminar, "How to
Handle Stressful Job Interviews With Humor.")
is also wonderful for reframing tense situations. A
creative female employee of one company got tired of
her boss telling her that she needed further cuts in
her budget if she wanted him to ok it. When she got
her budget to the bare bones and he still turned it
back she literally reduced it to the size of a postage
stamp on the office copier and resubmitted it. After
they both had a good laugh, her boss gave in and
next time things are going bad try picturing them
really bad. Keep exaggerating the situation until it
becomes ludicrous and you find yourself laughing.
he who laughs - lasts!
Justice, a motivational humorist is the president of
Corporate Comedy which specializes in showing
corporations hows and whys of bringing humor into the
workplace. Jeff can be reached at: jeffjustice.com or