Extending the important role of interpersonal dynamics in the workplace, humor is perceived as having the opposite effect. Rather than damaging workplace morale, humor can contribute to human flourishing and well-being. Research suggests it "can help initiate and perpetuate a cycle of individual and social-level positive affect." In its role as contributing to the creation of positive affect, or feelings in others, it fits within our definitions of diplomacy and tact laid out at the onset of this article.
Humor events are defined as "discrete social behaviors that a producer intentionally creates for an audience that influences audience positive affect." Such audience positive affect can be transmitted to others through emotional contagion, or the idea that emotional states are contagious; to illustrate, consider how you feel when you are around someone who is depressed, versus someone who is happy and uplifting. Further, such shared positive affect will contribute to constructing an environment conducive to additional humor events. In this way, humor is circular; therefore, humor events in isolation do not need to have much effect on individual or group general sentiment in order to influence individual and group outcomes. Instead, humor events are part of a cyclical and cumulative process. Individual humor events within this process each have an incremental influence on individual and group feeling (affect), and also lay a foundation for additional humor events.