Thursday, May 13, 2010

Boring + Fun = Not Boring

When we take the time to add fun to a situation it gets transformed. A lot of people use stress/deadlines/self-flagellation as motivation to do something. Yet we all have things that we do because there's an inner motivation - have you ever had to give yourself a deadline to get dessert?

VolkWagon has a campaign that shows innovative ways they've gotten people to do "boring" things - they call it The Fun Theory. Their most popular video shows how to get people to use the stairs instead of taking the escalator. (Thanks to Shreedevi for reminding me of the campaign.)

For those who want to take the stairs more, but are on a budget, feel free to substitute "piano" for "humming a song" as you walk up.

Yesterday I played croquet with some friends - it's a fun game, but can become boring quickly. To add some fun I came up with the idea of giving each player the opportunity to place an obstacle (usually a bag) on the field once per game, at least 18 inches from a wicket. This addition created a sense of excitement and unpredictability that changed the tide each game.

Have you added an element of fun to a "boring" activity? Share it in the comments!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

New Stop Stressing Radio Show: Being Alone, Driving & Texting

The latest episodes of the Stop Stressing Radio Show are available for download!

In the May 3rd episode my co-host
Michele Lamoureux and I discussed how the stress of being alone impacts our health and relationships, as well as what you can do about it. 

In the May 10th episode we discussed the impact of the new laws on driving and texting, and how they relate to other times where something we've grown used to gets taken away.

Lots of stories, tips and concepts are shared! Particularly how to apply the Four Diffusers to each of the situations and points of view.

Listen to the podcast directly or download it from our station's site.

New shows are
recorded live every Monday at 2pm, audience call-ins are welcome! (347) 857-3382.

Have a topic you'd like discussed? Leave a comment to this post or send me an email: zo AT StopStressingOut dot Com

Friday, May 7, 2010

An Interview About Stress and Humor

Earlier this week I was interviewed by Drew Tarvin of - a site dedicated to helping corporations, companies, managers, employees, and even your average Joe (or Joe-ette) bring humor into the workplace and life in general.

Highlights from our talk include:

  • The Gift of Stress (0:35)
  • Why We Suck at Handling Stress (5:50)
  • Can You Become Stress-Free (9:40)
  • The Seven Rs of Stress Release (16:30)
  • The All Important Reminder (20:14)
  • Humor as a Diffuser (27:15)
  • The Stress of a Haircut (32:06)

You can listen to the interview and download the transcript here.