Why humor is a key to success at work

Why humor is a key to success at work
  • People will enjoy working with you.
  • Humor is a potent stress buster.
  • It is humanizing.
  • It puts others at ease.
  • Ha + ha = aha!  Humor is a key ingredient in creative thinking.
  • It helps build trust.
  • It boosts morale.
  • People who use humor tend to be more approachable.
  • Humor can allow your company to stand out.
  • It can increase productivity.

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In workplaces that encourage people to be themselves--that are less hierarchical and more innovative--people tend to be more open with their humor.

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Humour is a key ingredient in creative thinking. It helps people play with ideas, lower their internal critic, and see things in new ways. Humour and creativity are both about looking at your challenges in novel ways and about making new connections you’ve never thought about before.

It establishes a fertile environment for innovation because people are more inspired when they are relaxed.

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What Humor Is

The three major approaches on what humor is and where it comes from:

  • The relief theory claims that laughter and humor are a way to discharge psychic energy.
  • The superiority theory points out why we laugh at other's bad luck; humor is here a way of affirming one's superiority over others.
  • The incongruity theory states that humor appears when two contrasting ideas are blended; here the punchlines are often the result of an accidental, unexpected reversal.
Humor in social media

Adding humor to your social media strategy can be a great way to get people’s attention.

If you’re not “humorizing” your brand, product or business, then you might be missing out on a ton of unseen potential.

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