Humor, Stress, and Coping

Authored by: Melanie Booth-Butterfield , Melissa Bekelja Wanzer

Current Issues in Work and Organizational Psychology

Print publication date:  September  2018
Online publication date:  September  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138604940
eBook ISBN: 9780429468339
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We would all like to find a way to effectively cope with our fast-paced lives. An important, and yet often stressful part of our lives is our work. Indeed, employment is necessary, and often very fulfilling. But work situations create pressure and stress which may negatively affect job satisfaction, as well as other aspects of our lives such as health. Using humor at work is one way to alleviate stress and enhance employment satisfaction. But communicating with humor may be fraught with problems, and the decision and encoding processes are complex. Hence, in this chapter, we will investigate the humor enactment link to stress responses.

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