How Laughter Is the Best Medicine For Work and Play
A little over a week ago, I had an accident that hurt my ankle. I could have lamented about a possible upcoming surgery. Or cried over a missed racing season. I could be angry about the general inconvenience of hobbling around and burdening my family with helping me.
But instead, I was fortunate enough to be with a group who could laugh at it with me.
That laughter is what has helped the pain dissipate.
That laughter has helped me to come up with solutions for completing normal activities.
That same laughter is keeping me inspired to work and do most of the things I had planned to do prior to the mishap.
If laughing can help to remedy personal obstacles, can it also help you to improve your business?
Indeed it can!
According to an article from the Mayo Clinic, laughter is a powerful tool for transformation. It not only lighten the mood, but it can also:
Release endorphins (the feel good chemical) in the brain
Improve your immune system
Increase ability to cope in difficult situations
Assists in creating connections with others
So how can laughter boost your business?
Harvard Business Review revealed that laughter has some seriously positive impacts in the office.
Laughter in the workplace will:
Relieve stress due to deadlines or changes
Alleviates boredom with repetitive tasks
Boosts engagement and well-being
Makes you open to collaboration
Significantly increases productivity
Improves analytical skills
And laughter isn't just for office settings. One thing I've noticed when doing copywriting projects as a solopreneur is that humor boosts performance. Whether in email copy, websites, or social media posts, little touches of humor increase engagement. Not only is it fun to write humorous copy, but potential customers enjoy a little lighthearted break in their day. And I look forward to creating more copy. The day finishes on a positive note each time. Everyone wins when a little goodhearted humor is introduced.
Even if you aren't particular good at telling jokes (I'm the queen of groaners), a little attempt at a giggle does wonders for everyone. In a world of online arguments, corporate wars, and personal uncertainty, a little laughter might be just what the doctor ordered. Add a touch of humor and watch as your business growth and personal spirits start to lift.
Here's hoping your face hurts from smiling too much!
Sheral~ Founder of C3 Specialties