3 Key Benefits of Incorporating Laughter at Work

Posted: Monday, June 22 2020

3 Key Benefits of Incorporating Laughter at Work

We live in a world where instant gratification is expected. While some would say it’s of upmost importance to be informed, and others would argue that ignorance is bliss, the idea of bringing more joy and laughter into our lives is more than likely something we can all get behind. Bringing levity into the workspace can provide a break and escape from the norm.

So, in the spirit of, “Laughter is the best medicine”, here are 3 key observations from a recent article in the Harvard Mahoney Neuroscience Institute LetterHumor, Laughter, and Those Aha Moments.

INCORPORATING LAUGHTER AT WORK…

  • Creates an Environment of Acceptance.Laughter is thought to have predated human speech, perhaps by millions of years, and may have helped our early ancestors clarify intentions during social interactions. But as language began to evolve, laughter may also have provided an emotional context for conversations—a signal of acceptance.
  • Invites a Shared Experience.The contagion of laughter supports the notion that empathy is a shared experience. That laughter is catching is a reason television sitcom use laugh tracks - taped laughter invites audience participation.
  • Relieves Work Stress. For the past forty years, studies have shown that good, hearty laughter can relieve tension and stress; boost the immune system, by reducing stress hormones and increasing activity among immune cells and antibodies; and help reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke, by improving blood flow and blood vessel function.

So, as you move through your week, try being more mindful and intentional about the joy and laughter you bring into various conversations – your friends and your body will thank you! 


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