Laughter inside the Workplace

The daily deadline you need to meet, targets you got to reach, and clients you have to please: all of these can cause overwhelming stress that lower your productivity inside the office. Turn your frown upside down and have a sunny disposition despite the presence of work-related stress! It might be a clich, but laughter is the best medicine — even inside the workplace.

The daily deadline you need to meet, targets you got to reach, and clients you have to please: all of these can cause overwhelming stress that lower your productivity inside the office. Turn your frown upside down and have a sunny disposition despite the presence of work-related stress! It might be a clich, but laughter is the best medicine — even inside the

workplace.

A scientific study concluded that neuroendocrine and other stress-related hormones decrease during episodes of laughter. This supports the conception that humor relieves stress at no time. It is therefore ideal to have a good laugh at work , especially when times are pretty rough or bleak.

Joel Goodman, founder of the Humor Project Inc., the first global organization to focus on the positive power of humor says "It’s a natural tendency for some folks to tighten up during tough times, but we need to lighten up." He even narrated during the Great Depression in 1929; a wave of humor was witnessed and simultaneously needed "in order to balance the seriousness of the times."

That is why even if you’re struggling with making both ends meet and you experience stress almost every day, we all need a good laugh. Aside from reliving stress, humor can help you and your career. You can do better at work and be less stressed, especially during crunch time at work. Furthermore, humor can help you step up the career ladder. According to a study from the Harvard Business Review on "What Makes a Good Leader," one of the key characteristics of a great manager is a "self-deprecating sense of humor."

Take this advice seriously. You don’t have to be another Adam Sandler in the office — all you need to do is focus on your work and be professional while maintaining a positive vibe inside the office. You can start by limiting you’re whining at work and allowing yourself to laugh at jokes at the office.

By Mary Shad Moss
Published: 9/6/2008

 

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