Why Giggles are Good for You

You may have missed it but Anderson Cooper dissolved into a fit of giggles the other night while broadcasting live.

He was delivering his nightly Ridiculist monologue about Gerard Depardieu and his plane/urination/bottle/no bottle incident when he just cracked up all together and lost it.

After several minutes of wiping his eyes and putting his head down on his desk, he managed to compose himself, finish the monologue and get to a commercial break.

So here’s the question:  should he be fired for non-performance or at least written up?  I am sure his job description does not include giggling.  It might not forbid it, but it’s probably not what they had in mind when they hired him to anchor the evening time slot.

This is the sort of thing that happens when you push the boundaries of your job.  Creating the Ridiculist feature meant that there would be an opportunity for humour or at least, substantial eye rolling.  When he got the go ahead from his boss, there must have been some awareness that this behaviour could occur.

Think about when you volunteer to sit on the social committee or lead the United Way campaign at your company.  At some point, some manager will mutter something about when you will be going back to your regular job (“you know, the one they pay you for” will likely be the phrase) but stick to your guns.

Doing activities outside your normal scope are where new opportunities come from.  You get to work with different people.  You get to work towards a different (and sometimes more meaningful) objective and sometimes, as Anderson Cooper can attest to, you can have some real fun.

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