Instead, after 10 years of research on this little-studied topic, I concluded that laughter is primarily a social vocalization that binds people together. … Indeed, the presumed health benefits …
This Is Why People Who Laugh More Are More Productive Than You
“He who laughs last, thinks slowest.” — Anonymous
The above quote is worthy of a good LOL, but it also speaks volumes about laughter and the workplace. Answer honestly: how happy and productive do you feel at work during dreadful days devoid of laughter? An inability to laugh at work can make the daily grind an excruciating process that seems to drag on at the rate of a blind, crippled turtle crawling through a pit of quicksand. Laughter isn’t merely an escape, but an asset that will help you be more productive. Below are seven reasons why laughter increases your productivity.
Why workplace mental health matters
Mental health is an issue that impacts every workplace in Canada. The workplace can contribute positively or negatively to a person’s mental health.
Employers and employees both benefit from a psychologically healthy workplace:
retention and recruitment
Researchers from the University of Warwick in the UK found that people who are happy at work are about 12% more productive. Shawn Anchor, author of The Happiness Advantage, has quantified the benefits of a happy company – sales increase by 37%, productivity 31%, and accuracy on tasks improves by 19%, not to mention the health and quality of life improvements for staff.
You might think providing perks such as free food, massages in the office, on-site medical services and gym facilities, would ensure a happy workforce. Google has led the way in perks for some time, even ensuring its building designs are fun.
But the equation is not that simple – it’s not just a case of perks in, happiness out. While such benefits are helpful in attracting people to work at your firm, they are not that effective at improving company performance. No wonder Google is keen to stress that it’s passion not perks that are the biggest contributor to its success.
Research has also uncovered a link between happiness and another measure of heart health: heart rate variability, which refers to the time interval between heartbeats and is associated with risk for various diseases. In a 2008 study, researchers monitored 76 patients suspected to have coronary artery disease. Was happiness linked to healthier hearts even among people who might have heart problems? It seemed so: The participants who rated themselves as happiest on the day their hearts were tested had a healt
In most corporate settings, compassion, mindfulness, and the obtainment of happiness have become catch-phrases and tools to make more money, increase productivity, or pursue any number of short-sighted goals. And while it may be true that short-term, self-driven goals may be obtained while misusing the practice of mindfulness and compassion, Matthieu teaches us that only through altruism can we obtain true happiness for ourselves and for others.