Laughter in the Workplace: How Important Is It?

Laughter releases feel-good chemicals that help relieve stress and enhance your overall wellbeing. It stimulates your organs and lightens your mental load. In the workplace, people suppress laughter in an effort to look serious. However, embracing laughter can benefit you. Encouraging laughter in the workplace promotes a positive environment, helps colleagues bond, creates a positive attitude and helps improve communication. Laughter in the workplace has several benefits to the overall success of the company.

Enhances Creativity

Creativity contributes significantly to the success of the workplace. You need to find new solutions to old problems and come up with innovative and unique solutions to survive amongst competitors. People who tend to look at the funny side of a situation often come up with ‘out-of-the-box’ solutions. Humor also tends to ignite the child in you, allowing you to tap into your curiosity. It also silences the inner critic, allowing you to explore your ideas fully.

Increases Productivity

According to a survey by Robert Half International, 84 per cent of people with a healthy sense of humor perform better at work. People who laugh a lot enjoy the benefits of laughter, for example: better personal satisfaction, less tension, better relaxation, and a positive outlook in life. They pay more attention to their work and appreciate their efforts, motivating them to do better. They also do not let the stress at work get to them, allowing them to remain productive.

Positive Attitude

Humor helps you ‘see the forest through the trees’, an essential attitude in the workplace. It allows you get through tough situations as a team, and bond through good and bad times. It also allows you to break the tension in heated situations. A feel-good attitude in the workplace boosts the team’s morale.

Healthy Relationships

Humor fosters healthy relationships among staff members and with clients. People enjoy being around happy people, and laughter attracts people. Learn to make fun of situations without offending people. Customers also enjoy working with people who make them laugh or approach a situation lightheartedly.

Relieve Tension

The work environment is full of pressure. For example, you have a bulk of work and it seems like you never have enough time to complete anything on schedule. This can stress you and cause tension between colleagues. Humor helps your body view the stress differently and allows you to release pent-up tension. Your body relaxes when you laugh, and you breathe better. Humor also helps break tension in an argument; when you laugh, you let go of yourself, allowing you to approach the situation with a new and divergent attitude that permits you to consider other’s opinions.

Boosts Communication

Through humor, people communicate honestly. Laughter reveals the real people behind the tough exteriors they wear to work, allowing coworkers to trust each other. Humor also breaks walls and makes people more approachable. Coworkers interact freely and build relationships with each other, a recipe for success in the workplace.


An employer who encourages laughter in the workplace stands to benefit. Encourage laughter in the workplace especially in interactions between senior and junior staff members. It may take time, but building a culture of laughter pays. Encouraging humor also gives your company an edge over competitors, allowing you to attract top talent.

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