Did You Know Jokes Can Make You Look More Competent at Work

To make yourself seem like a more competent person around the office, you should do a little stand-up at the water cooler, according to a new study spotted by BPS Research Digest. But be sure to judge your audience well, because an ill-timed or misguided attempt at humor could land you in hot water.

In a study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology [PDF], researchers from the Wharton School and Harvard Business School discovered, through eight different experiments, that humor can signal confidence, whether the jokes land or not. And perceptions of confidence tend to make people see others as competent. But if the jokes were inappropriate (rather than neutral or just badly told), people found the joke-teller…

Check Out These 12 Hilarious Holiday Cards to Send Loved Ones This Season

Know someone with a great sense of humor? Give your friends and family the gift of laughter with a funny holiday card.

You wouldn’t expect pickles to play a big role in Christmas, but you can find pickle ornaments on trees around the world. This can be attributed to a (false) story that Germans used to hide a pickle on the tree; the child that finds the pickle first gets a special gift and good luck. While the story isn’t exactly true, the salty cucumbers have wiggled their way into Christmas folklore all the same. Send this festive pickle card to the foodie or German-phile in your life.

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Fires can’t be lit underwater, but we won’t let that get in the way of a good pun.

The Christmas song “Feliz Navidad” has been a holiday staple since the 1970s. The only…