Extreme Humor Makeover
Get happier, healthier, and more productive!

By: Christine Cashen

Television makeover shows are all the rage these days: home makeovers, body makeovers, and extreme makeovers are just a few. But the best makeovers are the ones initiated on the inside. Most of us are doing more with less these days. Because of that, we need a HUMOR MAKEOVER to help us have less stress and more fun! A humor makeover doesn’t cost a thing, is painless, and requires no recovery time. The results are amazing! You’ll be happier, healthier, and more productive.

To get started on your humor makeover, you’ll need some tools for the process:

1. MAKE A “GOOD MOOD” COMMITMENT- Commit to being in a good mood for the first two hours of the day. You don’t have to act like you are in a good mood, just say you are. When people ask you how you are, just tell them you’re in a “really good mood.” Watch their curious reactions. People aren’t used to others saying something this positive, and it catches them off guard. You’ll be amazed at how this good mood commitment at the start of your day can alter the rest of your day in a positive way. Don’t believe it? Give the two-hour good mood commitment a try!

2. GO ON A SECRET MISSION - A physical break can be a mental refresher. When you’re feeling unmotivated or stressed, grab something that looks like work—a file or a clipboard—so you have something in your hands, and take a 2-3 minute power walk to nowhere! Try not to giggle as you briskly make your way around your office and back to your desk. You’ll find when you return that you feel more energized and are able to focus on the task at hand. Some of you have been going on these missions for a LONG time but didn’t have a name for them. Please remember that these missions are SECRET. Do not bust other people you see on their secret missions. Instead, pick up a clipboard and follow them! Going on a “secret mission” is a great way to take a much needed break and get the blood flowing once again to help your productivity.

3. PUMMEL PET PEEVES - Your societal pet peeves are those common sense things we think people should know, but don’t. For example, some of my no-no’s are people clipping their nails in public, snapping gum, or putting toilet paper anyway but over the top of the roll. The reality is, however, that we all have different “common sense” rules, and this variety creates a lot of unnecessary stress. Save your stress for the big stuff, and don’t obsess over the little rules that are broken. Sometimes before you even start your workday, you’ll get angry simply because a driver didn’t use the turn signal or wouldn’t get out of the left lane on the highway. When a peeve has been committed, make up a story about the rule breaker’s past. Don’t tell the offender this story; it’s just for you. In other words, when people don’t use their turn signals, instead of getting mad think to yourself, “Aw, those people didn’t have enough money to get that option on their cars.” Maybe the people who drive by you like maniacs are going to the hospital because they’re having a baby. Or, maybe they’re trying not to miss their flight. Some of your difficult clients might not be taking their medication regularly, making them a little cranky or irrational. You just don’t know what triggers behavior. By making up a story about their behavior, you can have more compassion for people. Sometimes your story might even be correct.

Breathe deep and use some of these tools to add more humor to your day. You’ll be amazed at how good a humor makeover can feel.

Internationally acclaimed speaker Christine Cashen is an authority on sparking innovative ideas to handle conflict, reduce stress and energize employees.

Christine has been featured as a creativity expert in HOW Designs at Work magazine and is a co-author of the book Mission Possible, Volume Eight. She has also developed the A Dynamic Speaker series of learning resources: Get What You Want With What You’ve Got DVD, Why Can’t Everybody Just Get Along CD and Got Humor Video. Get Christine for your next event!

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