Changing Corporate Perceptions of the Value of Humor

Work vs. Prison In prison, you spend most of your time in an 8 x 10 cell. At work, you spend most of your time in a 6 x 8 cubicle. In prison, the reward for good behavior is time off. At work, the reward for good behavior is more work. It wasn’t very long […]

Children’s Humor: Infancy to Age Three

Adapted from P. McGhee, Understanding and Promoting the Development of Children’s Humor.  Published by Kendall/Hunt.  See Books by Dr. McGhee to order. Ring a round the Rosie, pocket full of Posies. Ashes, ashes, we all fall up! (My son, age 2 ½ years.) When parents think of their preschool children, the first image that pops […]

Humor and Laughter Reduce Pain

A man went to his doctor complaining of painful headaches.  After concluding his tests, the doctor said, “There’s only one solution, but it’s extreme: castration.”  The patient said he could never do that and he walked out. As the weeks went on, his headaches got so bad that he couldn’t take it any longer.  He […]

Using Humor to Cope – Laughing in the Midst of Stress

“Gentlemen, why don’t you laugh?  With the fearful strain that is upon me day and night, if I did not laugh I should die, and you need this medicine as much as I do.” (Abraham Lincoln, during the Civil War) “If it weren’t for the brief respite we give the world with our foolishness, the […]