Life is too serious. Have a little fun messing with people.

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Cornerstone Business Group Inc 0225086119

OK, I admit it, I love to mess with people. It's always in fun, but life is too serious. People need to laugh and I like bringing that laughter to them. I had my annual Dr.'s check up this past week. When I needed to call for my appointment, I looked up the office online.

When I found the page, it also had reviews from past clients. The doctor's received great reviews, but the staff had terrible reviews. I thought about my experiences there and I could see why they were so lopsided. That set my plan in motion. My goal was to make every staff member laugh in the course of my appointment. 

I have to admit, a few were tough, but by the time I left the building, I had accomplished my goal. I interacted with 6 staff members and everyone was laughing when I left them. I listened to the last one interact with her next patient when I left her and she was incredibly sweet to that patient. She was rude when I walked up, but that all changed with a laugh. It was fascinating watching the staff members go from being a little rude and morose, to being friendly and lighting up with smiles.

They are in a serious business. People come in with all kinds of life-threatening issues and they are scared and hurting. Those patients aren't happy, and they pass that on to the staff. These staff members look death in the face on a daily basis. It would be easy to see why they are less than jovial. When you have the capacity to make someone smile, please do it. You never know what someone is going through. Have fun, go out and mess with a few people this week. I did take my show on the road before leaving and made a round of two waiting rooms. Again, laughs all around. 

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Sham Reddy CRS
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It is the only way to live! Make others laugh!

When you have the capacity to make someone smile, please do it. You never know what someone is going through. Have fun, go out and mess with a few people this week. 

Jun 23, 2019 11:59 AM #7
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Laura Cerrano
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As long as it does no actual harm, I’m totally cool with whatever most of the time. :)

Jun 23, 2019 01:46 PM #8
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Laura Cerrano
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Sham Reddy CRS I like your attitude! Keep it up and have a great rest of your weekend!

Jun 23, 2019 01:47 PM #9
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Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
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Laughter is magic and it always pleases me when I can make someone laugh. I'm not a natural at it, but my husband and son are and they have people convulsing. How can you feel down when you're laughing?

Jun 23, 2019 03:04 PM #10
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John Juarez
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Benjamin Franklin is credit with: "Tart words make no friends; a spoonful of honey will catch more flies than a gallon of vinegar"?

I know you are not trying to catch flies. You get the gist.

Jun 23, 2019 04:13 PM #11
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Kathy Streib
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Mike- well said- it has become a challenge to me to try to make someone I interact with smile and/or laugh!

Jun 23, 2019 07:11 PM #12
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Brenda J. Andrew
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Hi Mike.  If the rest of us could follow your example I do believe it would make the world a better place.  Often we do not realize what others are going through. I love what you did and will have to try that sometime. Have a great evening!

Jun 23, 2019 07:54 PM #13
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James Dray
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Morning Mike.

My endings always end in making someone smile, or at least I hope to.  To actually make someone laugh is a step above.

Jun 24, 2019 02:17 AM #14
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
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I agree with you, Mike.  Laughter is strong tonic.  I worked at a software company for several years, and loved bringing laughs to work with me.

Jun 24, 2019 02:38 AM #15
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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CONGRATULATIONS Mike, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Jun 24, 2019 02:39 AM #16
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Kat Palmiotti
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Laughter is an amazing thing, with the ability to cure much!

Jun 24, 2019 04:01 AM #17
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Richie Alan Naggar
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Light-heartedness, being carefree & having a child-driven attitude are no myth

Jun 24, 2019 07:21 AM #18
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Marte Cliff
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Taking your show on the road was an incredibly nice thing to do. You brightened a lot of lives that day, and who knows how it got passed on to brighten even more.

One good laugh and one happy feeling can be like a ripple on a pond...

Jun 24, 2019 08:58 PM #19
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Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector
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I posted on FB a few years ago about how dangerous a job it is being a home inspectior. Then I shared a bunch of pictures of a room full from floor to ceiling with Justin Bieber posters. I also called him Justine, and said I thought this girl was trying so hard to look like a boy, but it wasn't working. She should embrace her feminine side and go with it. 

The comments were so crazy. Several people made sure to tell me that it is a boy and his name is Justin, not Justine. Others told me that "it is a boy Scotty, don't you know who Justin Bieber is?"

Then there were those that got it all the way and agreed with me, which stoked it even more with the saps that fell for it.    

Jun 25, 2019 06:30 AM #20
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M.C. Dwyer
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What a great goal you set, to make people laugh.    Thanks for sharing this lesson: "You never know what someone is going through."     

Jun 25, 2019 07:36 AM #21
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Michael Eisenberg
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"Laughter is the best medicne" sounds like you gave a good does to your doctors staff, they might need a daily perscription.

Jun 26, 2019 10:41 AM #22
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Mike love it!! Making folks laugh is so
Up my alley!

Jun 26, 2019 02:22 PM #23
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Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
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I agree.  Any time is a good time for a laugh, or even an attempt.

Jun 27, 2019 03:07 AM #24
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Jana Holmstrup
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My all-time favorite quote - Life is too important to take seriously! 

Jun 27, 2019 12:11 PM #25
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Jan Green
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That's awesome!  Making people think lighter of their day worked and you accomplished your goal!  Love it!

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