Why laughing is good for you

Why laughing is good for you

Did you know that laughter can have a significant impact on your productivity at work? Making time to have lively conversations with your colleagues and friendly jokes within the workplace can seriously increase how well you work in the office and boost your enjoyment of the work. Here we will explain how laughter affects the brain and share some ways that you can make time for laughter.

How laughter affects the brain

Laughter works to trigger mood-boosting hormones in our brains, such as dopamine and serotonin. It is these mood-boosting hormones that also act as a boost of productivity as they encourage your brain to focus and concentrate more clearly. Genuine laughter can be the key to boosting your productivity at work whilst also saving valuable time as those that are happy spend less time completing tasks than someone who is unhappy.

Scientific studies have also shown that genuine laughter also works to significantly reduce stress hormones, such as cortisol and adrenaline, which can also boost your productivity. Genuine laughter and the release of endorphins also encourages bonding between colleagues, meaning that laughter has the ability to encourage friendships as well as productivity.

How to make time for laughter

Making time for laughter in the workplace might seem like a difficult task, but it doesn't have to be a huge effort - instead, it can be extremely simple to set some time aside for laughter. Here are some simple things you can do to encourage laughter and boost productivity:

• Watch a funny video

• Share a joke amongst colleagues

• Playing a game with colleagues during break times, for example, Pictionary or Charades

So go on - have a laugh, it's good for you!