A laugh is about more than making someone smile. A laugh brings joy, happiness and thrill to a person’s life, even if it is only for a few seconds. Laughter decreases the humans stress hormones and releases endorphins into the body which creates a natural feel-good chemical.
The importance of a laugh is something we may not realize that people around us need and we may not always think about how providing laughter to others can profoundly improve their day. Laughter in the workplace can reduce stress in the environment, making it a welcoming place for everyone.
So, short of becoming a comedian, you may be wondering how you can appropriately bring laughter to work.
Did your spouse show you a YouTube video that you feel your desk mate will find as funny as you did? Show them the next time you’re both in the office.
Something as simple as a silly trick that you taught your dog or cat and sharing it with a coworker who is just as big of an animal lover as you are is sure to bring laughter to your conversation.
Create a personal goal to talk to a coworker who you don’t speak with daily and include a silly joke in your conversation. The laughs that you share with each other will be sure to make the conversation memorable.
There are a lot of things that make each of us laugh in our daily lives and bringing it to the workplace only makes the bonds stronger between coworkers. Even over a virtual meeting, it is possible! Appreciate the little things in life, and give someone a reason to laugh every day.