Humor at Work: The Attraction Power of Humor

Humor research suggests that people who have a greater sense of humor are viewed as being more attractive because, from a Darwinian perspective, having a healthy sense of humor advertises to potential mates that you have a greater intellect and are in better health than your humorless neighbors! (I’ve suspected this for some time.) And as recounted in the book “How Pleasure Works” by Paul Bloom, men and women significantly increase their attractiveness ratings in photos simply by smiling.

Okay, so maybe you’re not on the lookout for a potential mate, but if you want to improve your likability with the rest of your team mates and customers, then smiling more and sharing a sense of humor is a rather simple, fun way to go. Of course, since organizations have personalities you could also apply this at the organizational level. After all, creating a fun brand such as Apple, Zappos.com or Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream, also helps convey a healthier, more creative and attractive image.

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Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

Create a fun vision board in a prominent hallway or room at work that creatively represents where you want your workplace to be a year from now. Use fun, outrageous photos, inspirational quotes, article clippings, awards, messages from clients etc.- anything that conveys a positive message about the values you embrace and how you see your workplace at its ideal best.

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Quote of the Week

“I learned that when I made people laugh, they liked me. This is a lesson I’ll never forget.” Art Buchwald ================================================================

It’s a Wacky World

This Thursday, April 21, is the day you’ve been waiting for. Yup, it’s official “High-Five” Day! So break out the hand sanitizer, do some practice flexes today, and get ready to high five the day away.

(Sure, it’s a bit cheesy, but it’s better than “Knee Bump” day, an archaic Belgian holiday that never really caught on here.)

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Copyright Michael Kerr, 2011 www.humoratwork.com

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