It is quite unfortunate that smoking is no longer encouraged in the workplace. Aside from the alleged benefit of not smoking, smoking breaks provided the opportunity for theraputic kvetching.
I have recently instituted a weekly event among my co-workers, the refrigerator bitch list. On the company refrigerator, stuck there with a cute magnet is a list on which anyone can post their personal kvetches. Every two week period, everyone who uses the office kitchen votes on whose bitchings were the worst. That winning person then receives the dubious honor of throwing everything in the refrigerator away.
As I see it, the benefits of this informal competition are many: