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March 2 is Read Across America Day. While its purpose is to encourage children to read in the company of a caring adult, you can get in the spirit by bringing some fun to the workplace.

The annual celebration began in 1998 to commemorate the birthday of Dr. Seuss (real name: Theodor Seuss Geisel). To join in the festivities, invite your employees to bring a copy of one of Dr. Seuss’ books to work and read a few pages aloud. The apparent silliness of having your staff read children’s books is actually a shrewd morale-building exercise. People let down their guard when reciting Dr. Seuss: It’s almost impossible to keep a straight face.

The levity that flows from group readings will carry over into other aspects of work. Petty conflicts tend to dissipate when peers share in the fun of reading from, say, Green Eggs and Ham or The Cat in the Hat.

Another way to celebrate is to visit a local school or child care center. Read to the kids or ask them to recite their favorite Dr. Seuss passages—and your team will enjoy an uplifting feel-good activity.

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