It’s April Fool’s Day – an excuse to find some levity in these otherwise tumultuous times. You may have to use your family or housemates as “victims” since social distancing makes pranking at work challenging right now, but use your imagination!

One of the things I miss most about working on campus is the laughter – our staff would be engaged in humorous antics all the time. We truly enjoyed each other and knew it was a gift to do so. Hopefully, this time of isolation will rekindle that appreciation when people return to their workplaces.

But until then, take four minutes today and enjoy the office prank played by Jimmy Kimmel. After you have a good laugh, think about how you can bring similar joy to the lives of those with whom you work. It may need to be virtual now, but in-person will return and chuckles are always welcome.

Watch here.

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