The Missing Skill for Success and Happiness at Work
If you want to increase team productivity, relieve stress, and be happier at work, you could hire a bunch of workplace consultants, invest in scream therapy, and put Pharrell Williams on repeat—or you could just read Humor That Works.
Written by Andrew Tarvin, the world’s first Humor Engineer, this a business book on humor. No, that’s not an oxymoron. It really is a business book and it really is about getting better results by having more fun. Because people who use humor in the workplace are more productive, less stressed, and happier. No joke; sources included.
The goal is not to make you funnier—though that may be a side effect—but to make you effective-er. You’ll learn to develop a personal humor habit that’s not about spitting wisecracks or telling the funniest stories, but a way of seeing work in an energizing new way. You’ll build on some of the most important business skills for today’s work environment, develop techniques for leveraging humor, and take action to improve your work immediately. And you’ll have fun doing it.
There will be stories about grandmas who text, multiple mentions of milkshakes, and exactly seven references to zombies. Oh, and there will be puns. (You’ve been warned.) Looking for success and happiness at work? Discover the missing skill of Humor That Works.
Praise for Humor That Works: The Missing Skill for Success and Happiness at Work
“Funnily enough – this book is hilariously useful. Think of it as practical playbook that helps you reconsider the way you do things and results in heightened levels of happiness. Every leader should read this book, work with the tools provided, and get serious about making people smile.”
Phil M Jones, best-selling author, Exactly What to Say
“Drew Tarvin’s expertise as the world’s first humor engineer shows in Humor That Works. Taking you through the what, why, and how of humor, Tarvin will make a believer out of anyone skeptical that humor is a must-have skill in the workplace. This book will level up your efficiency and effectiveness with unique strategies you don’t find in your average business book.”
Dorie Clark, adjunct professor, Duke University Fuqua School of Business
“The evidence is irrefutable: Humor has improved my humanitarian work. Thanks to Drew Tarvin’s seriously fun approach, I can bring science and innovation to overburdened disaster managers and the vulnerable communities they serve, in memorable and surprisingly effective ways. Humor That Works is about designing and deploying smart communication – effective and evidence-based, well beyond mere entertainment. Drew helps us understand that there is a process to harnessing humor in your workplace.”
Pablo Suarez, Ph.D. Associate Director for Research and Innovation, Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre