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Create a Fun List (Humor Challenge Day 6)

Do you ever hit a point in your day where your energy lags, your shoulders tighten, and you wouldn’t recognize a good idea if it jumped up and bit you? Time to push back from your desk and have a little fun. Can’t think of something fun to do?

Today’s challenge: Create a fun list!

Make a list of at least 10 things you like to do (20 is even better!). Disclaimer: Make sure that at least half your activities cost you $5 bucks or less to do.

The rationale? Often when you’re most in need of fun is when you’ll list be able think of something fun to do. And sometimes the reason we’re feeling crabby or crappy is because cash flow is a problem—and you don’t want that to get in the way of experiencing some amusement.

I could give you a long list of things that I think are fun. But they may not be fun to you. Humor and fun are individual tastes. A participant in one of my programs listed skydiving at the top of his list. My mom was a pilot. She taught me never to jump out of a perfectly good airplane! But things on my list include watching Big Bang Theory, playing a quick game of solitaire on my smart phone, people watching on the boardwalk next to the ocean, phoning a humor buddy, watching laughing baby videos on YouTube, listening to Cabin Pressure on iTunes, reading David Sedaris, watching one of my *favorite funny movies like In & Out  or Steel Magnolias… And the list goes on.

Think about what should go on YOUR list and write it down. Keep your list handy and refer to it daily. (And keep adding to your list as you think of additional fun things to do.) You may not feel like doing cartwheels down the sidewalk, but you will feel better than you did before doing your fun activity—I promise!

That’s it. Congratulations on committing to enhancing your sense of humor. I hope you’ll join me tomorrow for the next challenge. I’m Karyn Buxman reminding you to create a humor habit and reap the benefits. Humor is power!

*For a list of more fun movies check out www.Beyond-Funny.com check out http://www.beyond-funny.com/tools.html

Neurohumorist Karyn Buxman’s mission in life is to enhance global business, improve global health, and achieve global peace through strategic humor.    www.KarynBuxman.com/30-day-humor-challenge-2015

 

 

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Humor Visualization (Humor Challenge Day 5)

No doubt, there will come a time (chances are it has, already… and more than once!) that you’re stuck in a negative situation or with a negative person (the one whose goal in life is to be absolutely miserable, and whose mission is to bring down the rest of us with them!). When that occurs, one technique that you can practice is humor visualization.

I once worked with an administrator who had a gift for making all around her unhappy. Whenever she attended a meeting, by the time it was over, somebody was sure to leave crying. As I was walking out of one such dismal meeting, a colleague came up to me, and in a voice dripping with sarcasm asked, “What were you smiling about in there? You two collaborating on some little scheme?” When I realized she was insinuating that somehow I was fraternizing with the enemy, I was shocked. I’d found the meeting absolutely painful. How could she think I’d been smiling? And then it dawned on me…

At the low point of the meeting, I slipped into humor visualization. I began imagining the administrator flipping over backwards in her chair. With her dress flying up over her head. With her stretch marks shining in the florescent light. And that was enough to take me from a white-knuckle-grip on my pen to chuckling and thinking, “This too shall pass!”

Today’s challenge: Practice Humor Visualization.

Picture an annoying situation, or person—like the imbecile who cut you off in traffic, the clueless soul with a basket full of groceries in the express lane, or the customer service rep who put you on hold‑with Muzak—FOREVER!  Now play with your pain. Picture this person dressed ridiculously, or in an awkward pose, or with a comical voice… until it brings a smile to your face. By manipulating yourmindset, you’ll enjoy your day a whole lot more!

That’s it. Congratulations on committing to enhancing your sense of humor. I hope you’ll join me tomorrow for the next challenge! I’m Karyn Buxman reminding you to create a humor habit and reap the benefits. Humor is power!

 

Neurohumorist Karyn Buxman’s mission in life is to enhance global business, improve global health, and achieve global peace through strategic humor.    www.KarynBuxman.com/30-day-humor-challenge-2015

 

 

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