- Increased Energy levels and productivity
- Enhanced Communication and Teamwork
- Improved Leadership skills
- Enhanced creativity and peak performance
- Clearing negativity and developing personality
- Improving attitude / connecting people for greater cooperation and harmony
Laughter Makes Business Sense
1. Increased productivity
Laughter therapy provides a light aerobic workout and focus on breathing. There is a substantial increase in oxygen supply to the body, especially to the brain cells which require more oxygen for optimal functioning.
Participants experience a surge in energy levels leading to peak performance.
2. Improved Communication & Teamwork
Laughter is a great communication enhancer and it said that “people who laugh together, work better together.” This is why Laughter therapy is so effective for team building, stress management, communication and leadership programs:
- It breaks down barriers
- It makes us more likeable
- It makes us more transparent
- It connects and bonds people
- It develops our sense of humor and breaks down our inhibitions
- It enhances a sense of potential
- It brings out the best in people
- It enhances self-esteem in groups
- It creates safety
- Criticism collapses
- It interrupts the power struggle
- It diffuses conflict
- When we laugh with others, we ourselves are fun
Laughter Therapy encourages participants to communicate with all other group members. It is a team experience that reduces ego and overcomes inhibitions and shyness. he shared positive experience creates bonds between all participants including managers and staff and reduces barriers to communication. Laugh as a team, work as a team!
3. Improved Leadership Skills
Improved teamwork and cooperation allows leaders to manage more effectively. It has been noted in many companies that leaders become more effective.
4. Enhanced Innovation and Peak Performance
Contrived Laughter sessions foster creativity and innovation by creating a conducive environment for creative expression. This is the direct benefit of raising the emotional intelligence of the participants.
People who feel at ease, secure and happy achieve more. They suffer less stress and are better at constructive problem solving.
Daily chores are less burdensome when we laugh while doing them. We aren't always having fun, but we do have a lot more fun with laughter than without. Laughter puts anxiety on a back burner for everyone. We can't laugh and worry at the same time.
Laughter both stimulates and simulates playfulness, and when people play, they are at their most creative. Advertising agencies frequently use play and laughter to move them from analytical assessment to the creative flow of ideas. The natural and spontaneous laughter then arises through laughter therapy, bypasses the left brained rationality and the aspect of self-limiting control.
Laughter stimulates right brain activity, which is the function of invention, creativity, intuition, imagination, music and art.
5. Highly cost-effective with measurable results
Laughter workshops are easy and economical to deliver. Large or small groups are possible, it can be rolled out across the organization quickly and is easy and fun.
Economical on facilities: All that is needed is a room where the noise will not disrupt the work of others and is big enough to hold a group. A minimum of informal furniture is all that is required, even folding chairs will do. No auditorium is necessary. This dispenses with the need for expensive training facilities
Economical on time: Laughter Training sessions are short, meaning that people are not away from the workplace for long. It can be offered to suit company needs i.e. “Lunch-&-Learn”, before work or at the end of the day.
Results are rapidly visible immediately when the participants are quizzed, and there is plenty of scientific research on hand to substantiate the positive results. Expect a happier and healthier workforce for all the reasons given above. People visibly shine physically, mentally and emotionally. They become more focused and committed to the company, their work, and their colleagues.
Laughter Therapy is a management tool to:
- Bolster trust
- Boost morale and motivate employees
- Build resilience
- Create rapport with customers
- Deflect criticism
- Get and hold attention
- Make communications less awkward
- Manage conflicts
- Persuade others to see (and perhaps adopt) your point of view
- Reduce burnout
- Reduce tension, frustration and anger
- Remove intimidating barriers between different tiers of management
- Stimulate creative problem solving
- Strengthen bonds between co-workers
- Strengthen intuitive reasoning and memory through higher EQ
- Sustain a positive attitude on the job
- Keep everyday hassles and problems in perspective
Laughter is a proven stress-buster
Stress is the No. 1 enemy of personal and business productivity. Today's business demands have put a tremendous strain on our global workforce. Longer hours coupled with fewer resources are pushing more and more management and employees to their breaking point. Combined with the need to achieve work-life balance stress is taking a tremendous financial and personal toll on US business profitability:
Some people are natural optimists whilst others are more pessimistic and therefore prone to worry, about past events or what might or might not happen in the future. The result is often higher blood pressure, poor sleep, anxiety, mood swings and decreased ability to take personal responsibility. How this manifests in the workplace is poor attention to detail, lack of focus, inability to cope under pressure, defensiveness, irritability sometimes bordering on anger and an inability to receive constructive feedback. The end result is poor performance or even absenteeism from the workplace. Many in the work-force routinely swallow pills to alleviate their condition, and the productivity loss is high. More so because:
- $300 billion per year or $7,500 each employee is paid out for stress-related compensation claims
- 1 million workers went on stress-related disability in 2004
- 75% of doctor visits are for stress-related conditions
- 8 out of the 10 top prescription drugs sold are for stress-related ailments
- 3 out of 4 doctor’s visits are triggered by stress-related illnesses
- Stress is directly linked to depression, anxiety, nervous and immune disorders.
- Stress leads to and worsens heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and cancer. Mental depression invites physical disease.
- By 2020, depression will become the 2nd most common health problem in the world.
- Stress and depression lead to alcohol & drug abuse, nervous disorders and suicide, which is the 3rd leading cause of death in the 10-24 age group.
"There can be no doubt that Laughter Yoga significantly reduces stress levels in the workplace. Our physiological, biochemical, and psychological tests all indicate reductions in stress and improvements in the subjects' abilities to cope with stress." Dr MS Chaya, Principal Investigator "Unconditional Laughter And Workplace Stress", Svyasa University Research Institute, August 2007.