Introduction

Joke

Who does this remind you of?

A big shot businessman had to spend a couple of days in the hospital. He was a royal pain to the nurses because he bossed them around just like he did his employees. None of the hospital staff wanted to have anything to do with him.

The head nurse was the only one who could stand up to him. She walked into his room and announced, ‘I have to take your temperature’. After complaining for several minutes, he finally settled down, crossed his arms and opened his mouth. ‘No, I’m sorry, the nurse stated, ‘but for this reading, I can’t use an oral thermometer’. This started another round of complaining, but eventually he rolled over and bared his behind.

After feeling the nurse insert the thermometer, he heard her announce, ‘I have to get something. Now you stay just like that until I get back!’ She leaves the door to his room open on her way out. He curses under his breath as he hears people walking past his door, laughing. After almost an hour, the man’s doctor comes into the room.

‘What’s going on here?’ asked the doctor. Angrily, the man answers, ‘What’s the matter, Doc? Haven’t you ever seen someone having their temperature taken before?’

After a pause, the doctor replies, ‘Yes, but never with a daffodil!’

Joking aside, humour is not just about jokes. It is more like a state of mind through which humour flows. Humour is a habit – a very attractive one.

Have you noticed how people gather round someone who is humorous and happy?

Have you noticed that people who are happy tend to be much healthier?

Have you noticed that people who are happy and healthy get more done?

The habit of humour is a fundamental part of living and performing well, so it’s a habit well worth learning. This topic looks at how humour can really help in the workplace and gives you some tips and ideas on how to introduce and practise humour, in the funniest possible way of course! You will enjoy the laughtercise!

Now that we are at the end of the page, we can tell you a page-ending kind of joke.

Joke

A businessman on his deathbed called his friend and said, ‘Bill, I want you to promise me that when I die you will have my remains cremated.’

‘And what,’ his friend asked, ‘do you want me to do with your ashes?’

The businessman said, ‘Just put them in an envelope and mail them to the Internal Revenue Service and write on the envelope – now you have everything.’