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NLP at Work: The Essence of Excellence, Third Edition by Sue Knight

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22Heal through humor

Laughter is carbonated holiness

–Anne Lamott

What does laughter have to do with excellence? Surely excellence is a serious affair and no laughing matter? Well, I am about to dispel that myth. The ability to stand back and laugh at ourselves has to be one of the surest ways of cutting through the web of tangled myths we create.

Something happens in our brain when we laugh. Change happens. We hotwire the lifeless engine in our mind that has become stuck with too much serious deliberation to the source of energy that can spark us into life again. Being able to laugh at ourselves implies that we can stand back to see and hear ourselves, and that is part of the remedy. When we are ...

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