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A good sense of humour isn’t just a way to make your workday more pleasurable, it can also help you perform better (and get ahead). Forbes notes that a playful atmosphere can be incredibly conducive for ideation in creative fields: it helps turn off that part of your brain that monitors your own behaviour and feel self-conscious.
In the movie Office Space, one of the funniest scenes involves the abduction of a stubborn office printer which is promptly smashed to pieces in a cathartic orgy of unleashed rage. The reason it’s so hilarious is because the scenario is entirely relatable — anyone who has ever worked in an office has wanted to do the exact same thing from time to time.
Dear Lifehacker, I just got a new job and everything’s great so far. But when I got my laptop, I discovered it’s an ancient hand-me-down from another employee! Even worse, it’s Windows XP! I asked about getting my work email on my phone, and they said they could get me a BlackBerry, since they don’t support iPhones or Android yet. Help, I feel like I’ve gone back in time!