One way to get promoted is to work your butt off every day, and keep track of how it increased revenue or made the company stronger. Or . . . apparently you could just be funny?
A new study by researchers at Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania found that being funny at work makes people think you’re more capable than you actually are.
And the best part is, you don’t have to be that funny for it to work. Telling a mildly amusing joke still has an effect, because it takes confidence just to tell it. And your co-workers subconsciously pick up on that.
The study had volunteers listen to people tell jokes, then rate how confident and capable each person was. Telling a funny joke that was appropriate for the workplace had the biggest effect. Because it made the person seem confident and smart.
If their joke bombed, it had a negative effect on how capable they seemed. But they STILL seemed more confident, just for telling it.
Making sure it’s “appropriate” for the workplace is huge though. If the joke makes people laugh, it might not hurt you. But if it’s offensive AND it bombs, people will think you’re an idiot.
3 out of 4 voices in my head want to sleep. The other wants to know if penguins have knees!
A woman in Bainbridge, Georgia named Teresa Lashley recently sent a group text message that said her daughter-in-law was having a baby. (Bainbridge is in southern Georgia, just across the border from Tallahassee, Florida.)
But it turned out one of her friends had changed his number, and she didn’t know it. So a random guy named Denis Williams got the message instead, and texted back to let her know what happened.
But she still didn’t realize it was the wrong number at that point, and sent him a photo of her holding the baby.
And apparently he was feeling kind of invested in the whole thing by then, because he texted back to find out the name of the hospital . . . and asked if he could come by and take a PICTURE with them.
And at that point Teresa finally realized what happened, but also thought it was funny. So she sent him the room number, and Denis and his brother eventually showed up with PRESENTS.
We don’t know what the presents were, but Teresa posted a photo on Facebook of them posing with the parents. And there are also screenshots of all the text messages.
(Fox13 / Mashable)