The Laughter Advantage

Cecily D. Cooper and John J. Sosik

in The Oxford Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199734610
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 The Laughter Advantage

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Humor can be a powerful form of communication in organizations, leading to positive emotions and cognitions, high-quality interactions, and enhanced managerial and business unit performance. Humor is a valuable character strength that allows individuals to transcend mundane work, stressful situations, hardships, and the imperfections of human beings. By using humor, individuals can optimize transient encounters, as well as enhance the quality of ongoing relationships. In this chapter, we discuss how workplace humor facilitates cooperation, relationship building, creativity, and the negotiation of positive workplace identities. We conclude with practical suggestions for managers who wish to harness the potential of humor and recommendations for scholars interested in pursuing research in this fruitful area.

Keywords: Keywords; Humor; joking; cooperation; creativity; leadership; ingratiation; negotiations; coping; psychological capital

Article.  11625 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Organizational Psychology ; Social Psychology

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