Monica: Okay, so we talked about composure. Let's go in the other direction now and talk about humor.
J: Ah, that's something that's always puzzled me. Is it a good idea to make jokes?
M: Research shows that people are more likely to accept an idea if it's wrapped in humor. But the point isn't about finding a really funny joke. Laughter is actually about bonding.
S: Yes....I've noticed that many times people at a meeting are all laughing about something that really isn't all that funny.
M: That's right! They are not really joking....they are attempting to bond.
A: So go ahead and throw in a funny comment or a clever remark...but there's got to be some minefields we should avoid as well, right?
M: Yeah....don't make dirty, sexist or racist jokes or comments. And of course don't humiliate anyone.
J: I have a question. I'm never quite sure where to sit during a business meeting.
M: The ancient Chinese art of "Feng Shui" teaches that you should never sit with the door behind you---and actually there's a scientific reason for that.
虽然及时讲个笑话，或是发表一点幽默的评论能有助于调节气氛，加强纽带，但讲笑话也有一些需要忌讳的地方，或者说是 minefield 雷区。Don't make dirty, sexist or racist jokes or comments. Monica说，不要讲黄色笑话、性别歧视的笑话和种族歧视的笑话，而且不要 humiliate 羞辱别人。James问了一个很简单的问题，那就是，开会的时候应该坐在哪儿。Monica 说，按照中国风水里的讲究，后背不要对着门，这是有科学道理的，为什么呢？
M: When a person's back is placed towards an open space he becomes stressed; his blood pressure increases and his heart beats faster.
S: That makes sense! People subconsciously worry about getting attacked if they don't know what's lurking behind them.
J: Interesting. I'll be sure to sit facing the door from now on!
A: Monica, thank you for another great class! I think we all learned a lot today.
M: My pleasure! See you next time!
Monica 解释说，如果后背对着开放的空间，那这个人就容易有压力，血压升高，心跳加速，因为他们不知道身后可能会隐藏着什么危险，They don't know what's lurking behind them. 所以会下意识地感到不安全，因此在选择座位时，最好是脸冲着门。怎么样，大家是不是也学到了一些以前不知道的事情呢？
B: I don't actually mind having a seat with the door behind me--as long as that's not the default place for the person who pays the bill.
A: 哈哈! 你是说，只要不是负责结帐的人专门坐的位子就行？我同意！其实中国人饭桌是圆的，就是为了不分主次，所以坐哪儿都差不多。