The Games People Play

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The title sounds ominous, but I mean it differently.


People like to play games–the type you have fun at.  


We learn to play when we are kids. 


We get the attention of our parents and friends–and we have fun just being together, acting silly or even competing with each other. 


Whether it’s over a game of Life, Monopoly, Risk, or Connect Four, or even these days going online with a game of Minecraft or Crush.


Sports is another type of game–great to play and others like to watch and cheer for their favorite teams or athletes. 


This week at work, someone said to come to his meeting because:

“…everyone would have fun.”


Have you ever heard that at work–a fun meeting or for that matter anything being fun in an office setting?


The guy is a genius–people actually showed up in droves at the meeting. 


They had to choose between various meetings going on at that time–and low and behold, people chose this one that was going to be fun!


In the meeting, there was a big bowl of candy and chocolate in the center of the conference table.


And the mood was relaxed as we got down to some business. 


While we did the business, people felt free to be a little silly and laugh with each other too.


The tone had been set for some fun.


The person who hosted the meeting explained that he wanted people to have a good time coming to the meeting (and to work).


He called it “gamification.”


The idea is why not make things into a type of game and have some fun with it instead of everything being so stuck up and nasty all the time. 


Listen, it was still a meeting and work had to get done, but it was nice to see a different lighter perspective put on it. 


People want to enjoy what they do–whether it’s time with their family, friends, or why not even their work.


If we can make more things in life into a game of sorts and put “fun” into the equation of what we do–people smile, laugh, and let down their guards a little. 


Why shouldn’t adult play games and have fun too? 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

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Brighten Your Mondays

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So a colleague asked me why I wear bright, happy ties on Mondays. 


Well, I explain, I guess it’s a combination of two reasons: 


1) I’m starting the week all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed coming off the weekend energized and ready for a brand new and exciting week.


2) I’m trying to take what many consider “blue Mondays” and make them brighter and more cheerful for everyone. 


– Smile and the whole world smiles with you!


So the other person responds, as if all the craziness of the office and organizational psychos during the week will somehow wear down my good cheer:


“So by the time you get to Fridays, what are you wearing black ties???”


I guess everyone knows the workweek is the workweek.


And they don’t call it work for nothing. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Light Up Your Life


We’ve seen colored light bulbs before…very hippie.



However, I like the Misfit Bolt, which is a multi-colored bulb, whose combinations are controlled by an app on your smartphone or -watch. 



It’s was introduced at the Consumer and Electronics Show (CES) in Vegas this week. 



And it has lighting that simulates landscapes such as a beach sunset, forest, island volcano, rainbow, and more. 



It can also be set as an alarm to wake you up to a simulated sunrise.



At $50, it’s more than a mood ring–how you feeling today, buddy?



But how nice to relax to, wake up with, and to create some pick me up feeling lighting around you. 😉

>"Sexual Healing"–Marvin Gaye Wasn’t Kidding

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Ok, so the only topic that can compete with the killing of Osama Bin Laden (OBL) this week is an an article about sex–what???

No, I am not trying to be crude or vulgar. The Wall Street Journal, 3 May 2011, in the Health Journal reports that research show numerous health benefits to sex.

As if the mere act of procreation wasn’t enough already…research now shows that sex:

– “Relieves stress” (“there’s a relaxation response and a satiation response”)–what’s new there?
– “Improves sleep and burns calories“–ok, more no brainers as it “burns an estimated five calories per minute”–did anyone say competition with Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig? 🙂
– “Reduces pain” (“you lie there and life is great”)–who has time to think about pain?
– “Eases depression…improves mood“–ditto with the above
– “Strengthen blood vessels“–it’s good exercise!
– “Boosts the immune system“–a perk up all around.
– “Lowers the risk of prostate and breast cancer“–Thank G-d!

Of course, there are chemical explanations for pretty much all these things: hormones, neurotransmitters, endorphins, testosterone, estrogen, prostaglandins, dopamine, prolactin…(OMG, no wonder, I never went to medical school).

But maybe the greatest gift of all, aside from the pure love and intimacy are several studies which suggest that “sex extends life in general”–almost like the holy grail of health benefits:

For men, those “who had sex less than once per month were twice as likely to die in the next 10 years than those who had sex once per week.” While for women, those “who said they enjoyed their sex lives lived 7-8 years longer than those who were indifferent.”

Like I said, maybe the only story of the week that can compete with the U.S. dealing the final blow to OBL.

Oh, what a week. 😉