Smile at the world and the world will smile back at you. Or will it? – guest post by Kuba Kryś

An experiment that was carried out in cooperation of researchers in forty two different cultures, on six continents, revealed that smiling people are not as popular everywhere, as one might think. This research is not yet published, but Kuba Kryś* – a member of the Polish team leading the project – agreed to share some of the results and preliminary findings of this incredible and mighty complex (in terms of data collection) study with the Psychology of Humor blog. - Piotr Pluta   On the one hand, the studies on social perception suggest that smiling people are perceived more positively in comparison to non-smiling individuals in many ways (Miles, 2009). On the other hand, tourists visiting Poland are warned by the Lonely P...

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Organizational and management research publications on humor

This quick post is perhaps not as interesting nor exciting as most of the posts on this blog are (at least I hope they are). It is, to put it bluntly, a list over publications related to studies of humor in the organizational and management context: it function for the work environment, team dynamics, performance, motivation, in leading people, etc., etc. A bibliography.   This bibliography is a result of putting together resources used by a group of humor scholars particularly interested in the topic of organizational/management studies. This group, which I’m a proud member of, was formed for the occasion of the International Society of Humor Studies conference held in Utrecht earlier this year. Others are: Henri M. de Jongste (...

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Humor but not humiliation: finding the sweet spot in nonviolent conflict resolution – guest article by Michael Nagler and Karen Ridd

This article was originally published in the Transformation section of on 7th May 2014 (source). Humor can be used to compete against powerful opponents by ridiculing them and thus making them less threatening. It was often the case for how people fought against totalitarian regimes: caricature, cabaret and stand-up comedy were their weapon. But is ridicule the best strategy when one’s face to face with his persecutor, in a life-threatening situation? In their article “Humor but not humiliation: finding the sweet spot in nonviolent conflict resolution”, Micheal Nagler and Karen Ridd share powerful stories and insights into how strong an effect the inclusive, ‘affiliative’ humor can have; and how it can add to conflict...

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Conferences, open courses, summer schools and other humor psychology events about to happen:

AATH Annual Conference – Stayin’ Alive: Keeping Your Brain Healthy & Active With Humor! – 28th to 31st May, 2015, Hyatt Regency at Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia, PA, USA