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How to Develop a Powerful Verbal Sense of Humor

by Paul E. McGhee



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 2/4/2004

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5x8
Page Count : 192
ISBN : 9781410701541

About the Book

Do you love humor, but have a difficult time coming up with your own witty remarks? Well, you'll be glad to know that research has shown that it's never too late to improve your humor skills. This book will elevate your ability to create spontaneous ~ original humor by giving you repeated practice at doing what humorists and comedy writers do--creating funny punch lines. The book does most - not all - of the work for you by setting up a context in which everything is provided except a key word or phrase that completes the punch line. A clue is given to get you thinking in the right direction, and you have to create a funny punch line. Once you've made the effort to come up with your own answer you can chock the one given at the end of that section.

This approach works because it calls attention to the different types of thinking involved in creating jokes, and it gives you repeated practice at building your own humor. By the time you do this for all 350 jokes in the book, you will be well on your way to developing a powerful verbal sense of humor.

About the Author

Paul McGhee, Ph.D., is a psychologist, and is one of the world’s foremost authorities on the benefits of building more humor into your life. He is internationally known for his own humor research, having spent 20 years conducting basic research on humor and laughter while teaching at the university level before becoming a professional speaker. He now works full time providing keynotes on humor in the workplace, the health and coping benefits of humor, and how adults can improve their humor skills. He is at the cutting edge of the current movement to bring a lighter attitude to the workplace.

For regular updates on humor and health and humor in the workplace, see his website,

Dr. McGhee’s work has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, Newsweek and many other magazines. He has also been featured on the Learning Channel, National Public Radio and PBS. He has given talks on humor in 11 countries.

He is currently president of The Laughter Remedy, in Wilmington, Delaware. If you would like to arrange for a talk by Dr. McGhee for your organization, he may be contacted at:

The Laughter Remedy