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In some vacancy texts, humor is explicitly mentioned as the desired character trait. Also during the job interview you are often tested for your 'funness factor'. And that is not so strange; occasional laughter with each other contributes to a positive and relaxed working atmosphere. But some thoughtfulness is appropriate, because nothing is as embarrassing as a misguided joke.

What is humor?

Humor means seeing, appreciating or expressing the fun, absurd side of a joke or situation. You have humor in various forms. Think of a good joke, a comic story, a funny cartoon or a catchy pun. The word humor comes from the Greek and literally means 'juice' or 'moisture'. The ancient Greeks believed that our body juices controlled our temperament or mood. Humor works on the basis of breaking the normal expectations.

Children laugh much more often than adults. A six-year-old laughs an average of 300 times a day, adults contrast sharply with 47 times.

Laughter is really healthy

If you smile:

- train your lungs and stimulate your blood circulation.
- make hormones that increase alertness and release endorphins, the body's natural painkillers.
- you strengthen your immune system, which gives you a better resistance to diseases.
- In addition, laughter acts as a buffer against stress. Humor is an outlet for emotions and an ideal way to let off steam. Deadlines, a complaining customer, a broken printer or commercial printing. Laughing at an unpleasant situation or problem causes you to lower your stress level and to view things more from a distance and with more lightheartedness. Relatifying helps you to face the truth more easily and to put problems in the right context. This creates space for acceptance of a situation or a creative solution for a problem.

Humor in the workplace

In addition to reducing stress, a joke has even more advantages over time, because it:

- strengthens the team spirit. Laughter is contagious; if one person starts laughing, then others take over. Even when the smile is made. Laughing together connects, improves collaboration and enhances mood.
- facilitates communication. With humor you can influence, convince, motivate and unite others, say the ineffable and initiate changes. You can explore boundaries in an innocent manner. Humor also makes it easy to convey difficult messages or things that are sensitive. Feedback comes in much easier if it's given in a playful and humorous way.
- ensures airiness. With a joke you can bend over into dangerous situations for you, get the cold out of the air in the event of mutual frustration and prevent an argument from ending up in a big fight.
- promotes creativity. Humor makes it possible to think outside the box or to make connections that have little to do with each other. You make more endorphins and adrenalin during a smile, which relaxes you. The positive mood that results from this helps you to arrive at new and refreshing insights, ideas and solutions, which makes it a good incentive for innovation and creativity.
- gives you a face and makes you human. You show your personality through your jokes.

An American police officer relied on a report of domestic violence. A routine job, but one that can always bring the necessary stress, because the aggression sometimes wants to turn to the agent. As she walked toward the front door, she heard a lot of screaming inside. Suddenly there was a clink of glass and a television set hit the front garden with a big bang. The officer knocked on the door and an angry voice shouted, "Who is that?" "The TV technician!" The police officer replied. For a moment it was quiet, after which the door opened and the arguing couple came out. Due to the witty remark of the agent, the ice quickly broke and she was able to calm the two ruffs. She had solved the tense situation without putting a foot in.

Humor is personal

Humor in the workplace therefore certainly has advantages. But apply it carefully, because humor is very subjective and with one inappropriate joke you can permanently damage a relationship. While one person lies under the chair laughing at a flat joke, another appreciates a more refined, intelligence pun. Culture, age, level of education, life situation, life experiences, gender, appearance, character and intelligence play an important role in what someone finds funny or fun. But the context in which you work is also very important.

Despite these differences, certain comments are not appropriate in any situation. These are, for example, jokes that try to ridicule or hurt another. 'Wrapping' underlying gaps and blinds in a joke also bears witness to unprofessional behavior. So avoid sexist, racist, sarcastic and condescending jokes. Humor is not an excuse for unacceptable behavior. Not even with the excuse 'it was just a joke'.

Bad jokes can even lead to dismissal or prosecution. Or if it really gets too furry: both. A jailer told two detainees a few years ago that they were released. He handed each of them a plastic bag in which they could put their personal belongings and asked them which train tickets they needed. The detainees were obviously thrilled. Until the jailer pointed them to the date: 1 April. This joke had serious consequences for the jailer: he was suspended and conditionally dismissed with a probationary period of two years. But above all, trust in him was seriously damaged.

From human being to humor being

To put a smile on someone's face, you don't have to be a clown or memorize a joke book. You can increase your humor factor by looking at everyday situations with more humor and taking yourself less seriously. Look for absurdities and incongruities and look more cheerfully at things that are not right, mistakes that you make or things that don't go the way you want. Because of this you are better able to deal with daily inconveniences, you can handle setbacks better and you learn to put things into perspective.

Introducing more humor into your life, that's what it's all about. Do you've to give a presentation or chair a meeting ? Open this with a funny story or cartoon. A catchy opening draws the attention of your listeners, creates a sense of belonging and makes mutual contact more personal.

How do you show that you've humor when applying?

"Small wobbly heels, but I stand firmly in it. "

With this sentence, an expert opened her application letter for the position of educational assistant. Through this entry she knows how to attract the attention of the letter reader and that is exactly what you want to achieve as an applicant. Humor is a great way to attract attention, just watch commercials on television. More than a third of all commercials contain humor.

Humor is also a good way to sell during the job interview. Many people are nervous and because of their nerves they often take a formal and distant attitude. That's a shame, because a nice remark will show more of your personality and make you look like someone who is approachable and a great colleague to work with. Consider whether a joke or joke is appropriate and be alert for a possible misinterpretation. Don't make it a stand-up comedy either. If you laugh too much, the other person may think that you want to hide that you know nothing about the subject or that you are very insecure.

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