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Measuring Creativity in the Workplace

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 21 Aug 2014

One of the more interesting sessions I attended at the recent International Group for Humor Studies conference in Utrecht, Netherlands, was on “Flexible Humor Styles and the Creative Mind.” The paper presented echoed similar studies bigstockphoto_Brilliant_Creative_Ideas_4807785that have found a positive correlation between humor and creativity. But not all humor is equally effective. The type of humor most conducive to greater creativity is a “self-enhancing” style – humor related to having a good-natured attitude toward life, having the ability to laugh at yourself, your circumstances, and the idiosyncrasies of life in a constructive manner. The study also found that humor and creativity both contribute to superior verbal fluency – yet one more reason to take your sense of humor along for the ride as often as possible.

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