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The Enjoyment Report – 2015


Publishers: Phil & Susan Sorentino

Growth, Profit & Enjoyment Advisors since 1981


Copyright Humor Consultants, Inc. 2015

“What we really teach is the challenge, the power, and yes, if you want it to be, the fun of free will. Wherever you are in life, someone has had it worse and made it, and someone has had it better, and blown it.”
-Phil Sorentino

Inside This Issue


  1. Phil’s Observations on Spring
  2. Phil at the Columbus Zoo with Jack Hanna with Some Wild Advice!
  3. The Power of Willpower
  4. Book Recommendation – Willpower
  5. Do Happier People Work Harder?


Phil’s Observations on Spring

It is spring, time for new beginnings. Seeds that have been planted will now start to poke through the soil. Make sure the seeds are what you want. Many people are planting seeds of negativity, despair, lack, and criticism. These will grow too. We can choose to plant seeds of love, forgiveness, gratitude and abundance.

Next is the soil. This is represented by our environment. It is clean and orderly or crowded and scattered. This is why we have spring clean up.

Last, the water, sunlight and fertilizer. This is how we encourage ourselves. Note cards with goals, books that inspire, and visual and audio reinforcements. The most important is the people you listen to. They can bring you down or lift you up.

As we decide what results we need to create, focus on your seeds, your environment, and your encouragement.


Phil at the Columbus Zoo with Jack Hanna with Some Wild Advice!

Phil visited with Jack Hanna at the Columbus zoo – Click on the video link below to learn ideas on understanding and leveraging your strengths.


The Power of Will Power

What is the power of willpower? We used to say to create results was 25% How To’s and 75% Why To’s. Many of us have heard you need a why that makes your cry. We now believe that creating results is 20% How, 30% Why and 50% Will.

You can know your How’s and your Whys, but if you don’t have the Desire, Willpower, and Self-Control, things won’t get done. That is why our book recommendation is Willpower.


Book Recommendation – Willpower – Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength by Roy F. Baumeister & John Tierney

Here is the information off the dust cover. We couldn’t have said it better.

In Willpower, the pioneering research psychologist Roy F. Baumeister collaborates with New York Times science writer John Tierney to revolutionize our understanding of the most coveted human virtue: self-control. Drawing on cutting-edge research and the wisdom of real-life experts, Willpower shares lessons on how to focus our strength and redirect our lives.

In what became one of the most cited papers in the social science literature, Baumeister discovered that willpower in fact has a physical basis and operates like a muscle: it can be strengthened with practice and fatigued by overuse. Willpower is fueled by glucose, and it can be bolstered simply by replenishing the brain’s store of fuel. That’s why eating and sleeping – and especially failing to do either of those – have such dramatic effects on self-control (and why dieters have such a hard time resisting temptation.)



Do Happier People Work Harder?

The Gallup-Healthways Well Being Index, which has been polling over 1,000 adults every day since January 2008, shows that Americans now feel worse about their jobs — and work environments — than ever before. People of all ages, and across income levels, are unhappy with their supervisors, apathetic about their organizations and detached from what they do. And there’s no reason to think things will soon improve.

Employee engagement may seem like a frill in a downturn economy. But it can make a big difference in a company’s survival. In a 2010 study, James K. Harter and colleagues found that lower job satisfaction foreshadowed poorer bottom-line performance. Gallup estimates the cost of America’s disengagement crisis at a staggering $300 billion in lost productivity annually. When people don’t care about their jobs or their employers, they don’t show up consistently, they produce less, or their work quality suffers.

Over the past decade, we researched the micro-level causes behind this macro-level problem. To gain real-time perspective into everyday work lives, we collected nearly 12,000 electronic diary entries from 238 professionals in seven different companies. Our study charted each person’s psychological state each day and asked respondents to describe one event that stood out during that day. Our analysis revealed their inner work lives — the usually hidden perceptions, emotions and motivations that people experience as they react to and make sense of events in their workdays.

The results were sobering. In one-third of the 12,000 diary entries, the diarist was unhappy, unmotivated or both. In fact, workers often expressed frustration, disdain or disgust. Our research shows that inner work life has a profound impact on workers’ creativity, productivity, commitment, and collegiality. Employees are far more likely to have new ideas on days when they feel happier. Conventional wisdom suggests that pressure enhances performance; our real-time data, however, shows that workers perform better when they are happily engaged in what they do.

Managers can help ensure that people are happily engaged at work. Doing so isn’t expensive. Workers’ well-being depends, in large part, on managers’ ability and willingness to facilitate workers’ accomplishments — by removing obstacles, providing help and acknowledging strong effort. A clear pattern emerged when we analyzed the 64,000 specific workday events reported in the diaries: of all the events that engage people at work, the single most important — by far — is simply making progress in meaningful work.

As long as workers experience their labor as meaningful, progress is often followed by joy and excitement about the work. “This time it looks good! I feel more positive about this project and my work than I’ve felt in a long time,” one programmer wrote after she’d completed a small but difficult task. This kind of rich inner work life improves performance, which further supports inner work life — a positive spiral.

Unfortunately, many companies now keep head count and resources to a minimum and this makes progress a struggle for employees. Most managers don’t understand the negative consequences of this struggle. When we asked 669 managers from companies around the world to rank five employee motivators in terms of importance, they ranked “supporting progress” dead last. Fully 95 percent of these managers failed to recognize that progress in meaningful work is the primary motivator, well ahead of traditional incentives like raises and bonuses.

This failure reflects a common experience inside organizations. Of the seven companies we studied, just one had managers who consistently supplied the catalysts —worker autonomy, sufficient resources and learning from problems — that enabled progress. Not coincidentally, that company was the only one to achieve a technological breakthrough in the months we studied it.

Working adults spend more of their waking hours at work than anywhere else. Work should ennoble, not kill, the human spirit. Promoting workers’ well-being isn’t just ethical; it makes economic sense. Fostering positive inner lives sometimes requires leaders to better articulate meaning in the work for everyone across the organization. Sometimes, all that’s required is that managers address daily hassles and help with technical problems.

If those who lead organizations — from C.E.O.’s to small-team leaders — believe their mission is, in part, to support workers’ everyday progress, we could end the disengagement crisis and, in the process, lift our work force’s well-being and our economy’s productivity.

We have helped people be happier at work for over 30 years. Here is what Sal Talarico, the Finance Director of Oberlin, Ohio, said about Phil’s recent presentation.

“We had the privilege of working with Phil Sorentino in January to present to our employees and community members on “Humor: Your Key to Enjoying Your Work, your Family and Yourself.” Phil is a dynamic, passionate, thought provoking, and a catalyst for positive change in the lives of the folks that have the opportunity to see and hear his presentations. Our audience was energized, and more importantly, inspired to appreciate all the wonder in our lives and how we can make a difference in the lives of others. We all felt Phil’s passion and his genuine interest in all who attended.”