Happiness and laughter in the workplace

News in the ‘Laughter’ Category

International Conference Invitation

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010
Workplace Wellbeing

We were delighted to have Cris Popp present a laughter session at this year’s “Happiness and Its Causes Conference 2010” held in Sydney.  The laughter session was a roaring success – just see how much the 2,500 participants loved it by viewing media  footage from the event:
Channel 10
ABC

“Laughter is the best medicine” not just for people but for workplaces – it cuts through stress, reduces conflict and energises like no other activity.  A customised laughter session delivered by Australia’s premier laughter leaders, Laughter Works, will help you and your message shine.
Yours Laughingly, The Workplace Wellbeing Team

Laughter Improves Performance Rankings

Monday, March 10th, 2008
Workplace Wellbeing

Laughter – even the pretense of laughter – improves the workplace performance of staff. A recent study at the SVYASA research institute in Bangalore, India, found that 15 minutes of laughter a day over 15 work days significantly boosted the self-efficacy of participants and it stayed high even after the trial ended. Workers at an IT company who participated in “unconditional” laughter doubled their role competency and self-competency, and boosted their relational competency by 50% . Their scores were still high at a 90 day follow-up.

Unconditional laughter refers to making the sounds and motions of laughter even when there is nothing to laugh at. It’s called “unconditional” because it’s not conditional on humour which is often culturally specific and varies greatly from person to person. Unconditional laughter often occurs in the context of Laughter Yoga which was conceived by Dr Madan Kataria in 1995.

At Workplace Wellbeing we are big proponents of workplace laughter – we trained with the good doctor and have been providing laughter yoga in workplace settings for over four years. We are Australia’s leading corporate laughter leaders – for more information visit our sister site: www.laughterworks.com.au

But back to the study – laughter yoga was also found to reduce “alexithymia” – a condition in which people have difficulty identifying and expressing emotions. In essence it’s the opposite of emotional intelligence so the lower your alexithymia score the better.

The best news for employer and employee alike was that workplace performance rankings for all participants went from “having potential” to being “good assets” to the firm. Just from having a laugh! We always knew laughter was the best medicine – turns out it’s the best way to lift productivity and your career too. Contact us if you’d like to know more about the benefits or want to arrange a workplace laughter yoga session.