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Why Social Laughter at Work is the Best Medicine for a Healthy Culture

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 21 Aug 2014

business team successStudy after study has found that social support is key when it comes to fighting stress and staying happy. And there’s a chicken and egg relationship when it comes to the role of humor: Sharing a positive sense of humor helps make you more approachable and likeable, which helps you build and maintain a thriving social network. And conversely, lots of social interaction helps generate a lot of humor. According to Robert R. Provine, author of Laughter: A Scientific Investigation, “Laughter is the quintessential human social signal. Laughter is about relationships.” Provine’s research found that people laugh 30 times more when they are around other people than when they are alone. So the next time you are feeling stressed take a cue from the game show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? and use a “laugh-life” by phoning a friend who you know will make you laugh and help you find the humor in a difficult situation.

Humor at Work Humor-Gram: Moment of Laughter Day

Filed under: The Hump Day Humor at Work E-zine - 28 Apr 2009

The Hump Day Humor-Gram, April 29, 2009 Issue 301
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Vote in our Humor at Work poll: What TV show most resembles
YOUR workplace? www.humoratwork.com
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1. I Need a Moment

Today, April 29, is “Moment of Laughter Day”. So in honor
of this auspicious day, here’s a few reasons to laugh more:
* More oxygen to the brain (always a good idea at work)
* Laughter is caffeine-free, sugar-free, tax-free
* Boosts T-cell activity (which boosts the immune system) and
salivary immunoglobulin A (which fights respiratory infections)
* Relaxes muscles and increases blood flow
* It’s a great alternative to crying, and with less clean-up
* Breaks down barriers and creates a sense of unity (unless
you’re the one being laughed at)
* Not sure if this one is good for the workplace, but maybe
it makes us look at our team mates more fondly: 92% of Canadians
believe that laughter is one of the most important aphrodisiacs
around (according to, and no, I’m not making this up, a poll by
Pfizer, the folks who make Viagra).

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