Friday, June 11, 2010

Imagination and humor

I love the Muppets and think that Jim Henson was a genius in using his imagination to create characters that were endearing and funny.  I just saw the following clip with Rita Moreno and the muppet, Animal and laughed out loud. 

So, happy Friday...may you use your imagination to bring laughter to your life, and here's to Jim Henson:

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Humor and Advertising

The Today Show had a clip showing the top commercials for 2009.  Even the PETA commercial (which has a message that isn't humorous) is done well and has a humorous bent to it.  Humor is a great seller of products because we love to laugh.  Check out the winners at:   (oh, there is an ad before they show the winners so be patient 'cause that ad isn't funny).

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Don't Miss Opportunities to use your sense of humor

There are chances all the time to use your sense of humor and to lighten and brighten up your day, and hopefully the days of others.  For example, today I had to attend a meeting for all the staff where I work.  Normally our amazing office manager takes the minutes/notes and then writes them up and sends them out for all to see.  Well, today she couldn't do it because she had other responsibilities, so I did it.  Needless to say I made the minutes short, sweet and funny.  Of course, my supervisor had a few editorial changes, but he left in some of the best parts. 

How to make it funny...use acronyms specific to your organization or  comments that people in your organization or group would understand and appreciate (I wrote something about using post-it-notes to write our clinical notes and as it gives us the ability to destroy them by eating them if confidentiality could be compromised--certainly something that therapists/counselors at our office could relate to).  Also instead of boring words like "discussed" use words like chat, or blah, blah, blah for discussions that gone on and on.  Of course, timing and taste are everything when attempting to inject humor, and if you have doubts, let someone with a good sense of timing and taste read it over before you put it out to the masses.

Here is a bit of Visual Humor.  It is a site where there are many interesting and some humorous signs--some intentional and some are just plain "what were you thinking?"  Enjoy: