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Humor at Work: Finding Your Own Humor Style

1. Finding Your Own Humor Style

Some humor researchers suggest that for the mental and physical
health benefits of humor to work most effectively, you need to
practice and celebrate the type of humor that you find the
funniest. According to humor expert Herbert Lefcourt, this is not
always as easy as it appears. People are sometimes embarrassed to
admit they laugh at the Three Stooges, or, more likely, they
simply haven’t really seriously thought about what it is that
makes them laugh. So here’s a fun summer assignment
for you: think seriously about your humor preferences. Who
are your top three favorite comedians? Your top three favorite
comedies? Funny books? Sitcoms? Then create an inventory of your
humor preferences, and start a customized humor library at home
(or work) that reflects your unique “humor-print.”
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

If too many people are doing the “Blackberry prayer” during
your meetings, or if people are e-mailing you at home at midnight
and expecting an immediate response, then chances are technology
is turning into a major fun sucker in your workplace. So to stop
the fun-sucking in its tracks, set up some guidelines with your
team, create some fun penalties for abusing the technology, and
institute some technology-free zones/times. Loblows, for example,
is just one of many companies that has found great success by
instituting “e-mail free” Wednesdays.
3. Quote of the Week

“You can’t stay mad at somebody who makes you laugh.” Jay Leno
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky, World

Here’s a few of the wackiest questions asked by candidates during
job interviews for large corporations:
– Would it be a problem if I’m angry most the time?
– Would you be willing to lower my pay?
– What are the Zodiac signs for all the board members?
– What’s your policy regarding concealed weapons?
– Why aren’t you in a more interesting business?

Happy Hump day one and all! Remember, if you suppress laughter,
you’ll end up with a hardening of the attitudes.
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2008.

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