The Thin Gray Line: Having Fun vs. Making Fun of Others

Perspective rendering of a playing card with an illustration of a man with dreadlocks laughing and pointing his finger ridiculing a woman who is standing with her back towards the man and with her head down.

Humor, jokes, and levity are important in everyday life. Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, making it a super-healthy way to release the stress of everyday pressures.  It also has social advantages—making others laugh is a great way for us to bond with them while lightening up the work environment. Jokes are how we establish […]

Why Conflict Is Like Arguing Over An Orange

A sliced orange referring to conflict in this article

The other day, I recalled a story I heard as a student. On the surface, it’s a story about conflict—a very specific conflict situation, actually—but it says a lot about how we choose to communicate. And, how conflict is often another sign of poor communication. The story is about two people arguing over an orange. […]