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Chapter 1. Taking Your Job Seriously and... > Determine Your Humor Quotient

Determine Your Humor Quotient

EXERCISE: Your Humor Quotient

Read the statements and circle the number where you feel you belong. If you circle a 7, you are saying the statement is “very characteristic of you” (True—Could not improve!); if you circle a 1, the statement is “very uncharacteristic of me” (Not me—I may need a “humor transplant!”). Be honest—No one is watching!

1. My boss would describe me as a “Humor Asset,” because my sense of humor benefits the company. 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
2. My co-workers and family would list my sense of humor as one of my best assets. 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
3. I avoid sarcasm, ethnic or negative humor except in private conversations with close friends. 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
4. I can laugh at my own mistakes and enjoy occasionally being poked fun at. 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
5. I laugh alone when I feel something is funny. 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
6. As a humor consumer, I easily laugh and enjoy laughing at jokes and stories others share. 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
7. I seek out cartoons, comedy shows, comedians and other humor stimulants. 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
8. I write down humorous stories and keep cartoons and articles that promote humor. 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
9. When stressed on the job, my sense of humor helps me keep my perspective. 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
10. I spontaneously look for the funny side of life and share it with others. 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
11. I send humorous notes and cartoons to friends, co-workers, and customers. 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
12. My sense of humor makes it hard for people to stay mad at me. 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
13. I love to tell humorous stories to make my point in on-the-job communication. 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
14. I sometimes act silly at unexpected times. 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
15. I am not uncomfortable laughing out loud with coworkers. 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
16. I use humor to help myself and others recall important things. 7 6 5 4 3 2 1


If you score 100–112, you are lying or can’t add; a score between 90–99, indicates “Humor Pro”; a score of 70-90 means minor adjustments may be in order; a score of 45–70 suggests a major adjustment is needed (read this book at least twice!); a score below 45 may require a “humor transplant”. If you did not laugh or smile at this scoring, give yourself a zero!



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