Researchers from the Mind, Brain and Behavior Research Center in Spain are telling us that laughing at oneself may be beneficial. While previous studies may have shown a correlation between self-deprecating jokes and negative psychological effects, recent findings indicate the contrary, that making fun of oneself may lead you to become an overall happier person.
Jorge Torres Marin, on of the researchers on the project, described that the team found “…that a greater tendency to employ self-defeating humor is indicative of high scores in psychological well-being dimensions such as happiness and, to a lesser extent, sociability.”
Marin went on to mention that the effects of self-depricating jokes may be largely dependent on and specific to geographic region, and that the definition of the phrase ‘sense of humor’ is rather inconsistent cross-culturally. He believes that more research needs to be conducted in order to fully understand this phenomenon.
Marin and his team produced a new report which states that ‘The implications arising from cultural or individual differences in terms of “senses of humor” have been poorly addressed in psychological research for two key reasons.’- Different cultures find different subject matter funny or not funny, and ‘humor’ and the infinite ways in which it can be expressed is subjective.
Researcher Hugo Carretero Dios and his team were able “to overcome these limitations and provide the psychology of humor with a well-founded, accurate theoretical body of knowledge… (enabling) us to descern the different bahavioral tendencies related to the everyday use of humor, which can be classified in even greater depth by focusing on their adaptive, as opposed to their harmful natures.”
The Spanish researchers uncovered that people use different styles of self-defeating humor that may influence anger levels, but are also used to mask negative thoughts or intentions. The study states that ‘Humor enables individuals with low scores in honesty to build trust, closeness, etc. with other people and thereby use important information in order to manipulate them or obtain advantages in the future.’
The study also analyzed how different types of humor may be ‘adaptive’, serving the purpose of strengthening social relationships, and how other types are considered ‘self-enhancing’, helping people to maintain a humorous outlook despite difficult circumstances.
Both adaptive and self-enhancing humor are associated with satisfaction, happiness, and hope, as well as anxiety and depression. The biggest finding in the study was that ‘People who tend to use aggressive or self-defeating humor do not manage anger or rage as well… meanwhile, self defeating humor was linked to a greater tendency to suppress anger.”
35+ Funny Stories From People Who Work in HR
Your Height Is a Distraction
Wait, what? Did we just read this post correctly? A woman was reported to HR for being too tall? We’re not sure why anyone would report another person just because they “tower over” everyone else.
It’s not like she can control her height, and how does it really affect anyone around her? Sure — perhaps this woman’s co-workers might get a kink in their neck from having to look up at her, but we’re pretty sure these people can handle it.
First Day on the Job
Ouch. In all honesty, this Reddit post hurt to read. Clearly, the guy that was both hired and laid off within what seems like seconds is a good and understanding person. Still, that doesn’t make this situation any less uncomfortable.
Of course, we don’t necessarily think this Redditor’s father was at fault; he was merely just doing his job — and a hard one at that. We can only imagine how he must have felt having to not only lay off half the company, but also fire a person their first day on the job.
Meowing in the Office
This story here is probably the most random one you’ll see on this list. Why was an adult meowing for no reason at all? Even cats don’t meow that much. Maybe she thought she was Catwoman, or perhaps this was her version of Morse code.
In any event, this perfectly displays how people do take the freedom of speech thing to the next level. What would you do in that situation? We’re not sure if we’d report it to HR or just meow (and even hiss) back at the lady. Let’s just hope that everyone mentioned in this post got the help they needed.
Crazy People, Crazy Explanations
This has got to be the most hilarious excuse we’ve ever read. Does this guy think people are that stupid and naïve to fall for this story? First off, why would anyone just stick their head that far out of a moving car?
Secondly, physics doesn’t work that way! Sure — you may have gotten a whiff of something, but you can’t just inhale something that way. Oh, well. Crazy people, crazy explanations…
How Not to Attend an Interview
We feel sorry for this interviewer, and we pray for his eyes. We can only hope that the interviewee was at least in decent shape. But even so, what’s the point of scheduling a meeting time for a certain time if you’re going to be totally unprepared?
This is just extremely unprofessional. If you’re not ready, just don’t pick up. Get dressed first and then answer the call, dude. Also, thank goodness he wasn’t hired as some sick joke.
The Great Switchup
This is just way too hilarious. How does all this chaos even happen? It almost sounds like a movie. It sucks to be those guys, though — one gets paid while the other doesn’t, and vice versa.
We can’t believe it got to the point that one of them ended up losing their job, and even then, it took three months to fix the whole mess. We would have just changed our name before calling it a day.
Not So Kosher
Now, this is just plain weird. We still don’t understand why people just come to an interview without any valid reasons. In reality, you’re just wasting the interviewer’s time. If you’re not serious about the job, then don’t apply for it.
There are people whose lives depend on this job. The strangest part of it all is that the interviewee only cared about saving his butt and not getting caught by the IRS for his earnings.
Sleep Over Everything
This teaches you that sleep always takes priority even if you’re at work. Oh well, we can’t say we blame the guy. In fact, it’s a pretty ingenious plan. Imagine just clocking into your work and then going back to your car just for a snooze but you’re technically still “working.”
The only flaw that we see here is the fact that this dude continued to do it for two weeks straight. That’s just asking to get caught, in all honesty.
This intrigues our curiosity to the point that we want all the dirt on the international conspiracy that this man is a part of. Wondering what was in those A4 pages? Well, we’re in the same boat as you, friends.
Oh, how we wish they would have replied to this guy and gotten to know more about him. We also secretly wish he was hired just for the sake of entertainment, of course.
Some Workplace Entertainment
This post just made us laugh out loud! From the sounds of it, this woman has guts! People like this should exist in your workplace because without them, it would just be a dull, gray space.
We can only imagine what the CEO must have been thinking when this employee decided to see herself into his office. Luckily, this former staff member was dealing with an “exceptionally nice human being” so we’re sure he handled the whole situation with grace.
How and where did this guy even get so much dog poop from? This is just some crazy level of enmity. We wonder what the victim did to deserve having his car covered in smelly feces…
In any case, we feel bad. Think about it — this man probably wasn’t able to get inside the car without touching or getting stained by the poop. Plus, it probably took a few visits to the car wash to get rid of the smell.
You never really know what you’re going to get out of someone’s personal file. We mean, just imagine this scenario — a woman or man randomly accuses another person and/or co-worker of performing witchcraft. Huh.
We wonder what caused anyone to believe that their co-worker was a witch of sorts. Whatever the case may be, we’re certain that this temp got quite a kick out of reading all those old complaints.
A Wholesome Story
This post turned out to be rather positive. If you’ve ever done shift work at night, you’ll understand just how challenging it can be sometimes. Aside from the fact that it can be quite tiring, it can also be boring! And that’s why we think that he was caught skipping up and down the hallways.
We’re just happy that this is the sole cause for the sensor lights switching on and off, rather than a break-in.
Home Office or Office Home?
This is both creepy and ingenious. This guy created his very own chamber of secrets. He even managed a fridge and electricity, too. Imagine finishing up a long day of work and immediately having a place to rest. What truly baffles us is the fact that no one noticed this little annex for the longest time.
Was this guy completely silent up there? Also, what about the night guard — had he never gotten suspicious about strange noises coming from the ceiling?
Don’t Be Racist
Racism is just unacceptable. These sorts of entitled individuals shouldn’t be allowed to get a job anywhere and they certainly have no business showing up to an interview if all they’re going to do is offend the company staff.
Just the mere fact that this guy even contacted the HR department and complained about being tricked into saying racist things is another level of disgusting. It goes to show how malicious he is.
Violence Is Never the Answer
What in the world is with people and always thinking violence is the answer. The guts this interviewee had to even respond the way he did is pretty mindblowing. Who in their right mind would say something like that?
How can beating someone up ever be a solution to an issue, especially at work?! Even a simple “I don’t know” would’ve been a better answer. Repeat after us — violence is never the answer!
The first thought that occurred to us right after reading this — was the wasp dead, or was it alive? It was probably dead. Even so, that’s quite a unique way to catch anyone’s attention. We don’t believe that the software developer position is related to music in any sense.
So, we’re just a little confused as to why the majority of his resume was about his band. Let’s just hope he eventually found a position that suited him and his ‘metal’ personality.
Uh, okay? This post was a bit weird. Who would show up for work wearing nothing but shorts? Do these people have no shame whatsoever? We can understand that the guy wasn’t very serious about the job and frankly didn’t care for it but still, why disrespect a family business — or any business, for that matter — like that?
And to think that he had also potentially broken into the cars of several employees. What a waste of time and resources…
A birthdate saves the day. It’s amazing to think that just a few numbers saved this company from a huge disaster! They were uber close to hiring a fraud. This just goes to show how paying attention to details is absolutely crucial in these sorts of situations.
Thank goodness for that huge age gap. Had HR not noticed, this guy probably would have gotten away with it — at least for a while.
What Was That CV?
This post just showcases just how ignorant some people can be. Kevin here clearly did not care for the job, and certainly had no work ethic to even get it. The fact that he even received an email after sending his horrible CV was a miracle in and of itself. Still, instead of taking advantage of this blessing, he didn’t even bother to showcase his talent — or lack thereof.
This was just a very big waste of time for the person who even bothered replying to Kevin’s mediocre CV. Also, being able to create a slideshow on PowerPoint definitely doesn’t make you a graphic designer or visual artist.
It is 2021 and we still cannot understand foot fetishes. We get it — some people have nice feet but how are you so obsessed with feet that it legitimately hampers your work life?
The worst part of it all is the fact that this dude knew exactly what he was doing. He knowingly made these searches on a monitored work computer, even though as an IT guy, he knows that the company can fully see his search history.
Just imagine waking up one day and heading to work only to find hundreds of complaints sitting on your desk. We don’t know about you but just reading this made our day. The bobcat explanation is honestly hilarious.
If that didn’t make you laugh out loud, we don’t know what will. In any event, we don’t blame the company for not making an exception for the guy. Face your fears, buddy.
Careful What You Write on the Internet
Okay, this Facebook post could’ve been very damaging if it was perceived any differently than it was. People should really be careful about the things they put out on the web because there could be some serious consequences.
This kid could’ve lost his job or worse, have a lawsuit filed against him. Not thinking clearly whilst using social media isn’t always a good combination.
Hmmm, brownglitter69. We don’t know how this particular individual came up with such a strange email address, but we can only hope that they’re still quite young and naïve. If they happen to be older, well then, we’re even more confused. You would think an interviewee would put in a little more effort when it comes to representing themselves.
Any corporation would likely get the wrong kind of impression if they were given an email address that’s anything remotely similar to brownglitter69. These sorts of email addresses only suit teenagers…
A Thief and a Liar
The first employee mentioned in this post was not only a thief, but also a pathological liar. It’s hard to fathom that he essentially stole $15 thousand in item voids. He even had the audacity to lie in court about having a sick brother — who, by the way, doesn’t even exist!
Then, we have an interviewee who’s far from punctual or hygienic. If you’re going to show up late to an interview, at least have the decency to take a shower beforehand.
Getting Fired Hard
We too are speechless — the people on this list go to great lengths to save their butts. We can’t even fathom the amount of patience this judge must have had in order to deal with someone so shameless.
We wouldn’t know what to say, do, or even think for that matter. All we know is that we can’t help but wonder what happened afterward.
Listen to Your Employees
This is just downright unacceptable. How does one just ignore these complaints and move on with their work? The ignorance of these little hiccups is what leads to serious incidents in the long run. People have to understand and know their limits. What was the security guard even thinking?
He should’ve been fired right on the spot after such inexcusable actions were taken. Now, if Mrs. Boss Lady here doesn’t want to pay attention and worse, chooses to ignore such advances, then it’s time to file a legal complaint.
We will never understand flat-Earthers. These people usually tend to be very provocative, such as this guy. Not only was his work suffering, but he was also distracting other employees just for the sake of his argument.
Some people can be so unprofessional. Then, you have another person who decided to order take-out during their interview. If we were in the interviewer’s shoes, we would have shown this individual the door right then and there.
Some Things Never Change
Now, we truly know that some things never change. Whether it’s 1990 or 2020, human beings are always going to have some similar traits. Being deceitful is apparently one of those said traits. To this day, many employees choose to take advantage of the system and don’t take their break-time limitations seriously.
They leave early or return late — and sometimes, they do both. We guess that in 20 years, we haven’t grown or developed as much as we had hoped.
That Got Dark Fast
Okay, this post is one of the darkest to make the list. We’re beginning to think that fast-food drive-thrus are cursed or something. How does everyone working in this industry end up engaging in illegal activities?
These are the mysteries we’ll never be able to solve. We’re surprised it took people so long to find out the truth about the first dude…
Talk about strange! We’re not entirely sure whether the woman was ill or just trying to be obnoxious and get back at her boss for firing her. In any case, we’re just glad her husband came to the rescue.
At least one of them was being cooperative, are we right? And while we still don’t know what was exactly wrong with the wife, we think it’s safe to say that she landed herself an angel of a hubby.
People have got to start respecting workplace privacy and confidentiality. If the email clearly says to keep things confidential, why would the head of HR forward the mail without his or her permission?
This was extremely disrespectful, especially when they went as far as to blame the poor dude for the mishap. Still, we know who was actually in the wrong — and for a change, it was actually the company’s HR department rather than the employee.
Again — people should really take better care of themselves. Not only does personal hygiene affect your health, but it also impacts the people around you. We don’t even understand how some people just don’t shower.
We feel bad for everyone who was in that conference room; those potential clients probably ran for the hills afterward. Brush your teeth, take a shower, and stay clean — believe us that you’re doing yourself and everyone else a favor.
We can’t believe people with such literacy and potential could be so racist. It just goes to show that no matter what a person seems or looks, there could be darkness hidden inside.
Thank goodness for social media checks — or else this woman would probably be working for the company. People that share the same beliefs as this individual don’t deserve a job anywhere. We’re just sayin’…
Is this even real? Here we thought hiring a hitman to hurt people only happened in action films. But, apparently, it can happen in real life! From the sounds of it, this crazy dude needs to get sent to a psychiatrist for an evaluation.
How does one just find a hitman and hire him to hurt another employee over a promotion?! Seriously, man?!
The Perfume Problem
Wow, this is some next level conspiracy. We don’t have much respect for EA1, to be honest, considering that she was intentionally and purposefully hurting EA2. Playing with a person’s health and wellbeing is no joke, and it definitely shouldn’t be taken lightly.
She kept on wearing the perfume despite repeatedly being asked not to. We somewhat feel as though she should have been fired. We’re slightly glad that EA3 took revenge for all the pain EA1 had caused…
Let’s be real, here — this Pokémon Go explanation is pretty believable considering how popular the game was when it first hit the scene. Plus, how else can someone hit their head on a pipe that has ‘caution’ written on either side?
Without Pokémon Go, it would take genuine talent to hit that pipe. They even found a Pokémon there, too. What’s even funnier, though, is the fact that there’s an official report out there that features a screenshot of a ‘Pidgey.’
How Low Can You Get?
This post is absolutely baffling. While some people couldn’t care less about their job, there are those that go above and beyond to keep it. Before flying off the rails, this guy should have confirmed whether or not the rumor was true.
We can’t believe he stooped so low — lying and attempting to and sue the company all on the basis of a false rumor.
The Annoying Manager
What did we just read? A manager that goes around poking people just to see them jump in surprise while they work? If this doesn’t make you roar with laughter, then we don’t know what will. Still, even though this is funny to us, it definitely wasn’t for the employees.
Touching anyone without permission is wrong and never appropriate in any instance. In our opinion, we’re glad this employee did something about their manager’s poking habits.
A Dark Day
This just got extremely dark. We have no idea how to react to this. To have that happen to anybody is just cruel and an unbelievable amount of pain. The poor dude probably never celebrates his birthday as it reminds him of the horror that he had to go through.
Imagine being the person on the phone and having to hear this. There can’t even be any sort of consolation for him. To have your parents taken away from you forever by your own twin brother. Dark.
Take Care of Your Mind Too
This one is kind of sad, mental health issues are no joke. Please seek help guys and get your friends and family help if you notice anything wrong with them. We can’t imagine the pain and the horror both the employees and the supervisor had to go through because of untreated health issues.
People genuinely need to take care of their mental health just as much as they do about their physical bodies. The brain which is one of the most important organs is often forgotten.
Some More Witchcraft
Wish there was more information because this one is definitely interesting. We wonder what kind of witchcraft was supposedly being done. Was he misplacing files? Tying shoelaces together? Flickering the lights? Or did the employee attend Hogwarts? If so, we want to know how.
We guess we’ll never know. Reading files about old files about people we do not know has an intriguing side to it, especially if it contains such weird complaints about witchcraft and such.
In what country do you never shower? We’d like to know and put it on my ‘never visiting’ list. We smell terrible if we don’t shower for a day, imagine not showering for weeks, or months. At least the guy didn’t even have to do anything about the grievance report.
It got solved on its own, even the union steward could not stand the smell of that guy. Come on man, take care of personal hygiene, please.
Is this the Real Life?
People should talk about mental health more often and mental illnesses should be normalized. We wonder what the manager thought of this situation. Being blamed for things he didn’t do and being in a state of confusion, we hope he didn’t treat the guy harshly because of his delusions.
The poor guy couldn’t even tell reality from fantasies anymore. We sincerely hope he gets help and overcomes his illness and can return to work normally again.
This is a crazy one. Imagine having a loved one pass and then finding out he had another secret family. Ouch. People can hardly keep one family together and functioning and this dude had two. We wonder what the families were going to do then, mourn the death of that person or gallop on the sorrow that he left behind with his betrayal.
How did he even manage to keep the two families a secret for so long? Impressive work there I must say.