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Different cultures have very different approaches to humour. While most humour involves elements of incongruity and surprise, joke structure can vary. For example, American humour is very direct, building to the punch line, then delivering it with great emphasis, and reinforcing it to be sure that everyone knows when to laugh. English humour is more indirect, giving the audience the components of the joke and leaving them to make the final connection, and then they laugh if and when they get it.

Problem Solving and Decision-Making Humorous stimuli can positively affect problem solving and creativity. Humor lowers tension and improves divergent thinking. However, humor may have negative effects related to the perception of risk. People may underestimate the importance of a risk if it is presented in a humorous way. Stress Management Stress affects many people in today’s business world. Some are working under difficult deadlines that have been set by upper management or people who pile on pressure to meet deadlines.

People enjoy being in his presence and want to work with him. These are precious assets. Depending on the culture of the workplace, telling jokes or using humor in other ways may not always work well. Although fun and enjoyment are not appropriate or expected in every situation, humor may be most effective when least expected. Good judgment is essential to avoid eliciting unwanted reactions. Balancing good taste and humor are key elements for success in many areas. THE EFFECTS OF HUMOR ON PROJECT MANAGEMENT A good-humored, creative environment is essential for most businesses to succeed.

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