Laughter in the Workplace

By Jo-Dee Walmsley

 

HAPPINESS THROUGH LAUGHTER IN LIFE AND IN THE WORKPLACE What do I need to change in order to be happy? There are many changes you can make towards being happy. The first thing you need to realize is that happiness is a choice!

If you change your reaction to a situation you will change the outcome – like Jack  Canfield says, “E + R = O.” Event + Reaction = Outcome. You can get many people  experiencing the same event and they all have different outcomes. If you can be in charge of your R’s, then you will certainly have a good O. Through laughter I help people look at life differently and train themselves into changing the way they deal with many different kinds of situations.

 

WHAT ARE THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF LAUGHTER WELLNESS?

The Science of Laughter: Nothing to Joke About Numerous scientific studies suggest that laughter is a powerful form of complementary therapeutic medicine – here are a few:

• Blood flow. Laughter causes the tissue that forms the inner lining of blood vessels to dilate or expand in order to increase blood flow. (University of Maryland School of Medicine)

• Immune response. Laughter raises the level of infection-fighting antibodies and immune cells. (Robert Provine, Professor of Psychology, author of Laughter: A Scientific  Investigation)

 • Blood pressure. Laughter lowers blood pressure just as much as cutting salt. (Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine)

•  Pain relief. Ten minutes of laughing can allow up to two hours of pain relief. In a study of patients in a rehabilitation center, 74% agreed with the statement, "sometimes, laughter works as well as a pain pill." (New England Journal of Medicine)

• Aerobic exercise. One minute of laughter is equal to 10-minutes on the rowing machine. (Dr. William Fry, Stanford University)

 

HOW DOES LAUGHTER HELP IN THE WORKPLACE?

• Laughter dissolves distressing emotions. You can’t feel anxious, angry, or sad when you’re laughing.

• Laughter helps you relax and recharge, enabling you to stay focused and accomplish more. It reduces stress and increases energy,

•  Laughter help relationships Humor and playful communication strengthen our relationships by triggering positive feelings and fostering emotional connection. When we laugh with one another, a positive bond is created. This bond acts as a strong buffer against stress, disagreements, and disappointment.

•  Laughter creates a happier work environment: With so many different cultures, religions and languages in one work place it is often easy to be misunderstood. Laughter breaks the ice in a tense moment helping all get along.

• Laughter improves efficiency, productivity and creativity: When you are in a good mood and you are releasing endorphins ‘happy chemicals’ then you will be more alert and able to work better

• Laughter helps better teamwork: those who laugh together work well together.

• Laughter increase in sales: If there is a positive mood it is easier to make clients feel that rapport which is essential in sales.

• Decrease in absenteeism and in employee turnover: When you are happy at work you will go to work, saving the company a lot of money in replacements. Some tips for Employers:

• Make work fun

• Allow humor and bursts of playfulness

• Make sure your staff are in the right positions doing what they are good at.

• Make work engaging

• Empower your staff

• Create winning teams.

• Get interested in some of their personal likes and surprise them of give them time to explore them, they will be grateful and feel appreciated • _And make sure they feel appreciated

 

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