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By Peter M. Jonas

In giggling and studying, management advisor and collage professor Peter M. Jonas explores the ways that humor can increase the educational surroundings. Drawing upon empirical examine and brain-based suggestions, Jonas provides a theoretical version of humor, besides sensible examples to be used in faculties and study rooms. Jonas demonstrates that humor is a traditional and basic job that lecturers and directors have to make the most of competently to maximise their effectiveness.

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In addition to being linked to intellectual stimulation, humorous literature has been associated with increased enjoyment, increased situational interest, and improved attention or learning (Sheppard, 2002). Remember being a sixth grader and having to take a human sexuality class? You used to talk big, but in reality knew very little—some of us still know very little on the topic. Reading and learning about sexuality, especially at that age, creates discomfort and embarrassment for many. Vogel (1995) found that the use of humor relieves tension, enhances memory, increases class interest, masks embarrassment, heightens self-efficacy, and fosters group cohesion in a human sexuality class.

8. Not one shred of evidence supports the notion that life is serious. It is easier to get forgiveness than permission. Men are from Earth. Women are from Earth. Deal with it. Opportunities always look bigger going than coming. Experience is a wonderful thing. It enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again. 9. By the time you can make ends meet, they move the ends. 10. Someone who thinks logically provides a nice contrast to the real world. Practical Examples To change the culture of an organization, humor has to start at the top.

HUMOR BUILDS CULTURE IN SCHOOLS AND CLASSROOMS 19 USE HUMOR TO IMPROVE ORGANIZATIONS Action Step 1: Allow Humor to Penetrate the Organization Brooks (1992) summarizes the research of others by explaining that organizational humor, as a form of play, bonds people together, reduces conflict, creates new visions, and regenerates cultural values. Similarly, humor can assist organizational members in earning and maintaining a sense of social inclusion, especially by easing tension and boredom and by providing social rewards (Deal and Kennedy, 1982; Blau, 1963; Lundberg, 1969).

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