Speaking of Joy Blog

A Longevity Recipe

by Dave Caperton - on Tuesday, April 07, 2015
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Last week marked the passing of the oldest person in the world, Misao Okawa of Japan who, before she died at 117, credited her long life to “eating delicious things” (apparently in Japan that doesn’t include Cinnabon and bacon-wrapped pizza). Her passing conferred the oldest-person status on 116 year-old Gertrude Weaver of Arkansas who said that she believes that kindness is the key to longevity, “I’ve always treated others the way I want to be treated.” Eating well can certainly improve health and might make us live longer, and treating other people kindly improves social connections, which also has powerful health benefits. But those two philosophies got me thinking about a story my mother often told.  Read More...

Is Stress Good?

by Dave Caperton - on Friday, September 19, 2014
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You may be familiar with the quote attributed to Mark Twain that, “A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.” Although the observation is true, the attribution isn’t. According to the Yale Book of Quotations, it was actually C.H. Spurgeon who said it in 1859. Unless of course the Yale book got it wrong. Mark Twain did say that there are three kinds of untruths: “Lies, damned lies, and statistics.” Of course it’s possible that that quote isn’t his either. Maybe the only thing we can be absolutely sure of is that it’s hard to be absolutely sure of anything.  Read More...

Start A Joyful Movement

by Dave Caperton - on Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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We’ve all worked with joy-killers (if you can’t think of any, it might be that the people who have worked with you can). You know the person who always says things like, “No good deed goes unpunished,” or meets good news with “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is,” and invokes Murphy’s Law as if it were really a thing. They are also the chronic complainers who take it as their personal mission to shoot holes in every new idea and deride any flash of enthusiasm as naïve.  Read More...

No Bull: Laughter Works!

by Dave Caperton - on Sunday, March 30, 2014
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What kind of shared experience is best for bringing people together? Humor? Nope. Shared laughter actually comes in second. Number one: disaster! But, for all of the good that it sparks in others, we don’t want to engineer calamity just to inspire connections, so we can use laughter, the next best thing, to bring people together in a positive way.  Read More...

Make A Monumental Difference

by Dave Caperton - on Thursday, March 13, 2014
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“Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.”
–Arthur Ashe on how to change the world

On a recent walk with my wife along River Street in the haunting city of Savannah, we came upon a statue facing the river. The bronze figure is of a young girl holding large cloth with both hands and waving it toward the passing ships as they churn toward the docks. Every city has monuments and statues celebrating the lives of those movers and shakers of history such as military heroes, presidents and captains of industry, but this statue bore a name of no one I had ever heard of (in fact, the sculptor, Felix deWeldon, is much more famous as the artist who created the USMC Memorial of the flag-raising on Iwo Jima).  Read More...

Speaking Healing Words

by Dave Caperton - on Sunday, March 02, 2014
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Today I’m thinking about speaking healing words. It’s not a random thought. I’m thinking about it because as I write this, my wife, Suzanna, and I are sitting in the Cleveland Clinic surgery center waiting with Vicky, the wife of our friend Tony as he undergoes his second major surgery in four years. Today it’s cancer surgery. Four years ago it was a heart and double lung transplant.  Read More...

Stop Focusing on Success?

by Dave Caperton - on Wednesday, February 26, 2014
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I’m lucky that I get to travel to interesting places and occasionally, I get to bring my family along. It’s one of the perks of being a funny motivational speaker (sorry, that was for the Google search engine). Last year I was able to visit the Grand Canyon for a few days with my wife and son and we were fortunate that our visit coincided with an annual amateur astronomers gathering during which backyard stargazers set up their telescopes—some quite powerful—along the rim of the canyon. After dusk, visitors could step up and gaze at planets and faraway constellations. After squinting through a dozen telescopes, including one that required us to climb a ladder to look through the eyepiece at a globular cluster of stars millions of light years away, we joined another astronomer who pointed out some things that could be seen without anything but the naked eye and a flexible neck.  Read More...

Forget Work-Life Balance

by Dave Caperton - on Monday, August 19, 2013
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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...

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...

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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