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.



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)



• 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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