Humor researchers from the University of California did a study
recently to try and gauge how well people laugh at themselves.
Being able to laugh at yourself, after all, is thought to be
one of the core components of having a great sense of humor,
and a huge survival skill for anyone who works as a politician,
or say, a school teacher. And, I might add, a must for anyone
in a leadership position.
The study, which partially relied on participants reactions
to funny, distorted photos of themselves, simply showed that
people’s self assessment, as well as their friend’s assessment
of their ability to laugh at themselves proved to be fairly
accurate. In other words, if you think you have a good ability
to laugh at yourself, then you probably do. So, a few simple
questions for you to ponder: Do you think you have a good ability
to laugh at yourself? What would help you laugh at yourself more
and not take yourself overly seriously? What would the benefits
be of being able to laugh at yourself? Remember, if you laugh at yourself,
you take away anyone’s ability to laugh at you (except
for maybe your spouse or kids, where all bets are off!)
Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
Perfect for summer: Hold a “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” contest.
(First things first, if you haven’t watched Ferris Bueller’s Day
Off, watch it! Or watch it again! Or turn it into a teambuilding
event and watch it as a team.) Then hold a contest with your
team for people to submit their ideal “Ferris Bueller’s Day
Off” – in other words, what would they do with a totally free
day of hooky in the summer? Share the responses so people
get to know each other in a fun way, then put everyone’s entry
into a draw to win a day off from work. You can even turn it
into a summer tradition each year.
Quote of the Week
“When there are two alternatives, always pick the third.” Anon.
It’s a Wacky World
The Washington Post held its annual “Style Invitational.” One
of their challenges is for people to come up with alternative
definitions of common terms. Here are a few of my favorites:
– Balderdash: a rapidly receding hairline
– Abdicate: to give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach
– Negligent: absent-mindedly answering the door when wearing
only a nightgown
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2011 www.humoratwork.com
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