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Exercise: Humor Quotient [*]

[*] This exercise was taken from the excellent book Making Humor Work by Terry Paulson. See the back of this book for details on how you might obtain this publication.

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”; if you circle a 1, the statement is “very uncharacteristic of you.” 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 co-workers. 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; 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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