Experiments dating back to the 1950's have demonstrated a definite link between humor and creativity.
Creativity can be enhanced by humor and result in more effective problem-solving
People who are humorous are more playful; people who are more playful are more creative; people who are more creative find more solutions; people who find more solutions are better able to deal with change, everyday challenges and associated stresses.
The more we play and flex our 'funny bone,'the easier it becomes to make new connections and look at things from a fresh perspective.
A few tips to enhance humor and creativity
Play and humor let us practice new ways of thinking and allow us to shuffle ideas and reorganize thoughts. Humor jolts us into seeing things in a new way and prevents us from walking around on 'autopilot.'
Spontaneity encourages you to express your ideas before your inner voice censors them, e.g., don't say it out loud - you don't want to appear stupid.
Humor nudges us away from 'blame-storming'- focusing on who to blame and into the path of 'brain-storming,' focusing on solutions.
Humor and play keep us in a 'positive mood' and 'optimistic frame of mind.' It places our focus on 'possibilities,' and blocks 'negative emotions,' which causes 'negative thinking.'
Things that stifle humor and creativity
With any of these negative assumptions, it's easy to talk yourself out of an idea before it even has a chance for true consideration and evaluation.
Here are some famous idea squashers
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