My pre-dawn news reported a study (who cares from whom but see Helpguide.org) that says laughter is good for your health. In fact they claim it lowers your blood pressure and helps fight colds by boosting your immune system. It opens the vessels leading to your heart and can thus eliminate stress and improve mental health. The bombshell — “fifteen minutes a day spent laughing robustly has the effect of three thirty-minute-a-week exercise sessions.” So, instead of going to my court-ordered weekly weight management noon lectures, I just decided to laugh my ass off instead.
About twenty years ago, the morning coffee room for lawyers at our shop got changed to a daily lunch gathering which has become known simply as “The Lunch Room”. This place is my source for my fifteen minutes of health therapy laughter each day. One is not deemed as weird if you laugh with others instead of off in a corner by yourself. I may live to be a hundred with the bovine-enriched material I hear there.
We encourage our new lawyers to join us old people there for lunch in our daily stream of consciousness banter. We regularly bash management and flout stupid ideas. When the goofiness of marketing one’s self in the social media became so important to so many, we appointed a “Thought Leader” to help us with such silliness. We regularly share and discuss the plumb stupid ideas we see and hear.
Yesterday the discussion was an article submitted by a Strategic Life Coach. He advised that you know more than your boss; but you need to manage that relationship, coach up the boss, and let him or her have some minor victories. The Lunch Room would say: “He/she is no longer with the firm” with regard to the person trying out that idea. Or, are you a Strategic Life Coach because the Little League would not have you?
Honest, there are people out there printing and posting such things. Last year one such marketing expert advised that to work a room you should wear a novel accessory, chat someone up intensely and then quickly move on to another. So, wear a silly hat and be a jerk is the message? At least items in the news, marketing advice like this, and purely stupid people give me my daily exercise in the Lunch Room.
So, take an instant vacation with laughter. Laugh so hard that the tears run down your leg, but be advised it is tacky to laugh milk bubbles out of your nose as exercise.