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20/20: 20 Great Lists by 20 Outstanding Business Thinkers by Diana Renner, Steven D’Souza

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2.HUMOUR

Life at the edge can become very serious quickly, but this is quite natural. After all, facing the unknown through redundancy, illness or losing sleep due to a critical dilemma at work is no laughing matter. Yet paradoxically, humour and lightness may be just what’s needed in the situation.

In the work context laughter is often portrayed as trivial, at best the consequence of banter and office humour, making the time go a little quicker. At worst it is seen as a silly, inappropriate escape from painful feelings and facing the “gravity” of a situation; certainly not fitting for the seriousness of business.

Joseph Geary, a positive psychologist from Dublin, decided that the best way for him to develop his humour was to train as a stand-up ...

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