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How To Make Humor Your Superpower

Naomi Bagdonas, co-author of Humor, Seriously!, on finding your funny side—part one.

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Episode Notes

Did you know that we, as a society, have fallen off a comedy cliff? No joke. Studies have shown that we largely stop laughing when we enter our mid-twenties, which is a shame because delighting in humor has a ton of health benefits. Plus, being perceived as funny can actually make people think you’re more intelligent, more competent, and even better looking! So on this episode of How To!, the first in a two-part series, we bring on Naomi Bagdonas, co-author of Humor, Seriously!, and Michael Terry, an amateur comedian who is working in the funniest of places: high finance. Combined, they have decades of experience harnessing the power of humor and applying it to the workplace.

If you liked this episode, check out “How To Confront a Crazy Neighbor” with Tig Notaro.

If you want to discover your own humor style, take the test on Naomi and Jennifer’s website.

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Podcast production by Derek John and Rosemary Belson.

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What if Dear Abby were an investigative reporter? Each week, Amanda Ripley (bestselling author of High Conflict: Why We Get Trapped and How We Get Out) takes on listeners’ toughest problems and, with the help of experts, finds the answers to questions you’ve always wanted to ask but couldn’t. Until now.

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