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Laughter in the Workplace

After 38 years of working with both large and small groups, Diane is bringing her enthusiasm and light-hearted approach to the new concept of Laughter Clubs.  Her vast experience in workplace motivation has been a valuable way to help participants to become more optimistic.  Laughter among co-workers has been shown to increase camaraderie, creativity and productivity.  Even when you take your work seriously, having fun can be beneficial.  She says, “If you carry one thing with you to the office or to a sales call, make it your sense of humor!”

The benefits of Laughter in the Workplace include:

  1. Prevents hardening of the attitudes
  2. Enhances intuition
  3. Increases creativity
  4. Develops camaraderie
  5. Decreases anger, hostility, apprehension, and anxiety
  6. Reduces barriers to productivity
  7. Creates a more relaxed & imaginative climate for conducting every day business & for addressing crises

Ernest Hemmingway once said, “It always seemed to me that in those who make jokes in life the seeds are covered with better soil and with a higher grade of manure.”

Professor Chris Robert at the University of Missouri has studied the effect of spreading the manure of humor in the workplace.  He states that “Humor has a significant impact in organizations.  Humor isn’t incompatible with goals of the workplace. It’s not incompatible with the organization’s desire to be competitive. In fact, we argue that humor is pretty important. It’s not just clowning around and having fun; it has meaningful impact on cohesiveness in the workplace and communication quality among workers. The ability to appreciate humor, the ability to laugh and make other people laugh actually has physiological effects on the body that cause people to become more bonded.”  (The Case for Developing New Research on Humor and Culture in Organizations: Toward a Higher Grade of Manure)

One example is Richard Branson, CEO of Virgin Airlines.  He says, “Fun is at the core of the way I like to do business and it has been the key to everything I’ve done from the outset. More than any other element, fun is the secret of Virgin’s success.”

 

Historian Arnold Toynbee said, “Apathy can only be overcome by enthusiasm, and enthusiasm can only be aroused by two things; first, an ideal which takes the imagination by storm, and second, a definite intelligent plan for carrying that ideal into practice.”  Laughter in the workplace can be just the right spark to ignite the creative imagination and help to carry the plan into practice.

“The power of humor is like a magnet: Positive attracts…Negative repels.  Use it wisely!” says Darren La Croix, author of Laugh & Get Rich.

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