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How To Solve Problems Better

Today, I’m going to talk about how to use humour to be better at solving problems.

There have been many studies over the years that have proven that having “greater positive affect” – being happier and more cheerful – opens up the creative juices and make you more capable of solving problems.

There was one by Barbara Fredrickson in 2013. She’s one of the founders of positive psychology and one by Alice Risin in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology that’s consistently found that having “greater positive affect” facilitates creative problem solving. In other words being more cheerful makes you more creative having happy laughing hormones helps you solve problems but being stressed and overwhelm actually makes your brain revert to: “What worked last time. What worked last time.”

So if you want to be relaxed and be open to solving things in a creative way deliberately get laughing in the workplace.

For example one study subjects were asked to solve a puzzle involving thumbtacks and a matchbox and a candle is pretty too hard to explain. But they were shown half of the subjects were shown a comedy film before they were asked to solve the puzzle. The ones that were shown the comedy film, the ones who’d been laughing before they were given the puzzle to solve were four times more likely to solve the puzzle than the control group.

Basically if you want your people to adapt to change and disruption more creatively – lighten up, try some funny.

If you want a hand to do that go to or if you like me to come along and teach your people how to do that. Please find me at

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