Create a Humor Inventory at Work

Everyone tells me they want to grow their sense of humor, they want to laugh more.  So obviously a very simple habit anyone can get into is to increase the amount of humor in their day-to-day lives.

Make it a goal to read more humor (check out Dave Barry’s hilarious take on life in of his many books, or try a David Sedaris book);   read more humorous novels (check out a Carl Hiassen novel); finish your night with a good comedy; check out a local stand-up comedy or theater improv venue and rent more classic comedies.

Stress management studies cited in the journal of the International Group for Humor Studies suggest that for humor to be most effective, it should be relevant and should match your style.  So another reason to give this exercise some serious thought is that the more you can get a sense of what your humor style is, the better you’ll be able to tap into resources that will be the most beneficial to you.

A fun link to the workplace with this exercise is to start a comedy-sharing inventory at work. It’s a great way to get to know each other at work, and a great, simple way to build up a resource list or even library of suggested comedy titles and sources.

Now of course, everyone has a different sense of humor – but that’s part of the fun in doing something like that. People can discuss and debate the merits of their favorite comedians, humorists or sitcoms.  You can get into great discussion about whether you think something crossed the proverbial humor line, or why you didn’t find a certain movie funny in the least.

What made me think of this was watching a special on television the other night called “Best in Film,” where one of the lists included the top-5 comedies of all time.   Check out the list and see how it would stack up against your own personal five best comedies of all time:

5. Tootsie (1982)

4. Young Frankenstein (1974)

3. Some Like it Hot (1959)

2. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

1. Airplane! (1980)

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