Speaking of Joy Blog

Forget Work-Life Balance

by Dave Caperton - on Monday, August 19, 2013
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The Fezziwig Principle

by Dave Caperton - on Thursday, August 08, 2013
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A model of joyful, compassionate leadership.

He has the power to render us happy or unhappy; to make our service light or burdensome, a pleasure or a toil. Say that his power lies in words and looks; in things so slight and insignificant that it is impossible to add and count them up, what then? The happiness he gives is worth as much as if it cost a fortune.   Read More...

Laughing Matters

by Dave Caperton - on Thursday, August 08, 2013
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It’s hard to find much in life that we enjoy that doesn’t result in guilt, fat, or jail. But there is at least one activity we can indulge in that is good for us in spite of the fact it feels good– laughter. Humor is increasingly regarded as having real and significant benefits for our physical, mental and emotional well-being.  Read More...

A Christmas Poem

by Dave Caperton - on Thursday, August 08, 2013
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The holidays are a wonderful mixture of fun, family, and financial distress. Just for laughs, here’s a little poem as my gift to you. Merry Christmas!  Read More...

Galaxies and Dung Beetles

by Dave Caperton - on Thursday, August 08, 2013
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The Wonder of Learning

We know how important breakfast is for the body, but in the last year or so, I’ve tried to make time for a mental morning meal. Sometimes it’s a chapter from a great book or article I’m reading. Lately, I’ve enjoyed watching a daily TED talk (www.ted.com) by an expert, educator, journalist, artist or thought leader .  Read More...

Joy’s Main Ingredient

by Dave Caperton - on Thursday, August 08, 2013
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Have you ever given yourself a gift? It’s possible (although it’s kind of hard to surprise yourself with it). One of the best gifts you can receive is one that only you can give. It isn’t a heart-shaped box of candy, but it’s a sweet gift all the same.  Read More...

30 Days To A Happier Workplace

by Dave Caperton - on Thursday, August 08, 2013
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Gallup just released a disturbing new poll that shows that 70% of workers are unhappy and disengaged at work, 18% are actively disengaged, meaning that they deliberately undermine others and that this high level of dysfunction may be costing a half-trillion dollars a year in lost productivity. The problem seems to stem from the top down as bosses and leadership are the most often cited reason for the high and expensive levels of job dissatisfaction. According to Gallup’s CEO Jim Clifton, “Here’s something they’ll probably never teach you in business school: The single biggest decision you make in your job – bigger than all of the rest- is who you name manager.”  Read More...


Funny Motivational Speaker Dave Caperton

About the Author, Funny Motivational Speaker, Dave Caperton

Dave Caperton is a motivational speaker, author, humorist and educator who teaches organizations and individuals the many benefits of humor to manage stress, to improve communication and to strengthen teams. Dave began his professional career as a school teacher, later writing and performing comedy onstage and on radio. For almost 20 years, Dave has been a professional speaker serving individuals and organization all over North America. He provides tailored conference keynotes, closings and breakouts all aimed at creating a joyful and successful culture that includes healing and compassionate humor. Dave is also the author of Happiness Is a Funny Thing, a book he calls a “why-to” book for making the choices that will result in greater joy at work and at home.

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