January 26, 2010

Laugh it out

Slowly, but surely I am reading the book: Emotional Intelligence; Why It Can Matter More Than IQ (amazon associates link).

Even though I am not done, so far it is great! While reading, I found something that I thought was extremely valuable, and figured I wouldn't wait to share.
Good moods, while they last, enhance the ability to think flexibly and with more complexity, thus making it easier to find solutions to problems, whether intellectual or interpersonal. This suggests that one way to help someone think through a problem is to tell them a joke. Laughing, like elation, seems to help people think more broadly and associate more freely, noticing relationships that might have eluded them otherwise--a mental skill important not just in creativity, but in recognizing complex relationships and foreseeing the consequences of a given decision.
I have always found that "stretching my legs" helps when I get stuck on a tough problem. I look forward to laughing it out as well.

Try it out. Let me know how it works.

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