They have always said that laughing is the best medicine but they have never told us why. Well, being happy is healthy. Humour can cure the wicked and turn a frown upside down- cheesy but true. Humour enables innovation, success, and as long as it’s tasteful humour it can motivate others and create a positive environment. Sadly, there is not enough humour in most offices. It can be argued as distracting or be observed as ‘slacking’ but here are 10 reasons why humour makes your more successful at work. Better show your boss…
People Will Work Well With You
Everyone wants to work with people they like. You don’t here complaining when you get to work on a project with your work wife or hubby. The reason is because when you’re working with someone you like- you actually look forward to work and want to work. Winning! Humour is great way to influence people.
It Keeps Us Human
Confident your boss isn’t human because you have never seen him/her smile? That can may them unapproachable, make you feel uncomfortable at your workplace or feel like an outcast because you actually enjoy smiling. Humour allows employees and managers to seek common ground. It’s nice to know you’re on the right page as your boss every now and then, right?
It’s stress relief – so why wouldn’t you encourage it. Have a 500,00 report due by the end of the day? No problem…laugh it off! Make some time for a laughing break every now and then. Humour offers a cognitive shift in the way that we view stress. It is an emotional response and a physical response that relaxes you when you laugh.
Awkward silence on a first date?… Laugh it off. Just got fired from your job?…Laugh it off. Crying now because you realised you actually just lost your job?…Laugh it off! Seriously, you actually will feel better for laughing it off. Recent studies show that people who laugh as a response to conflict or stressful situations can shift from convergent thinking to divergent thinking. This means that laughing opens the mind to seeing multiple ideas, resolutions and solutions compared convergent thinking where you only see the conflict as it is and no solutions.
Humour is the number one ingredient in creative thinking. It helps people open up, feel more relaxed and lower their internal critic. Humour establishes and environment for innovating thinking. People are more inspired when they are relaxed.
In our professional opinion (laughs to self) it’s time to bring the humour back into the office. And if your boss says your jokes are distracting everyone in the office just answer…“ That’s not disruptive, that’s entertainment”- Jonah (Chris Lilly, Summer Heights High).