Recent College Graduate Expert’s Tip of the Month – October

Laughter is Good for the Soul
By Nancy Barry
Author of When Reality Hits: What Employers Want Recent College Graduates to Know

Laughter connects us with others and is contagious. It can cause a domino effect of joy and excitement, and a good laugh reduces stress and provides instant relaxation. There are even medical benefits of laughter, including lowering your blood pressure, boosting your immune system, and improving your brain functions. Bottom line: Laughter makes people feel good and is good for the soul.

Don’t take life too seriously. You’re going to do some embarrassing things along the way, and you have to be able to laugh at yourself.

I learned to laugh at myself early in my career. I was twenty-two and working for Dallas Power & Light. The company was involved in the United Way, and I volunteered to raise money for the campaign. I was attending an orientation session, and the speaker kept using an acronym I didn’t understand. After she used it the third time, I raised my hand. “Excuse me, what does CEO stand for?”

All the heads in the room (all two hundred of them) turned to see who asked the question. The speaker then answered, “It stands for chief executive officer.”

In that moment, I knew why all those eyes were on me. I had just asked a really dumb question. Perhaps I should have known what CEO stood for, but it wasn’t a term I was taught in college, and it wasn’t something I’d heard in my short nine months on the job. I was mortified then, but it was easy to laugh about it later. You, too, will have embarrassing moments. Get over them. They’re not the end of the world.

~Nancy Barry, Recent College Graduate Expert, Campus Calm

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