How a Little Humor Can Improve Your Work Life

Laughter and jokes can make us happier and more productive on the job.

Why do we laugh at movies like Office Space or shows like The Office? What’s so funny about work?

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This article originally appeared on Greater Good, the online magazine of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley.

The Greater Good Science Center studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being, and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society.

Based at the University of California, Berkeley, the GGSC is unique in its commitment to both science and practice: Not only do we sponsor groundbreaking scientific research into social and emotional well-being, we help people apply this research to their personal and professional lives. Since 2001, we have been at the fore of a new scientific movement to explore the roots of happy and compassionate individuals, strong social bonds, and altruistic behavior—the science of a meaningful life. And we have been without peer in our award-winning efforts to translate and disseminate this science to the public.

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Woman laughing with friends while drinking coffee
11/20/2019
Laughter and jokes can make us happier and more productive on the job. Why do we laugh at movies like Office Space or shows like The Office? What’s so funny about work? For one... read more
Woman laughing with friends while drinking coffee
11/20/2019
Laughter and jokes can make us happier and more productive on the job. Why do we laugh at movies like Office Space or shows like The Office? What’s so funny about work? For one... read more