Celebrate National Let’s Laugh Day in the Office

According to the national day calendar, March 19th is observed and celebrated around the globe as National Let’s Laugh Day. It is important to take a minute, or a day, out of the year to relieve yourself from the strenuous daily struggles of maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Sits back and share a good laugh with a good friend, co-worker, or even yourself. Both your physical health and your mental health will significantly improve in an effort to surmount your problems. It isn’t just a cutesy saying; laughter really is the best medicine!

Why is laughter the best medicine?

  • Decreases stress hormones and pain
  • Increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies
  • Relaxes muscle tension
  • Prevents heart disease
  • Releases endorphins – the ‘feel good’ body chemical

Alongside the physical and mental health benefits that laughter can cause or impact, the social benefits of laughter can help one to strengthen a variety of relationships – whether they be personal or work related.

Social benefits of laughter:

  • Attracts others and forms bonds
  • Improves the quality of teamwork
  • Create a shift in perspective
  • Aids conflict resolution
  • Increases spontaneous decisions
  • Decreases defensiveness and inhibitions

How to incorporate Let’s Laugh Day in the office:

If you walk into the office every morning and repeatedly see dreadful facial expressions on each of your co-workers, you will eventually take on the same feeling. Starting your working day with a dark and dreary attitude will make it considerably harder for you to thrive in terms of productivity and the generation of new ideas. On top of this, those that carry themselves in a heavy manner come off as unapproachable. In an office setting, having a co-worker that comes off as unapproachable can cause a variety of issues; the majority of office roles are highly interactive and reliant on one another.

Incorporating Let’s Laugh Day in the office can break this awkward tension and is both simple and cost-free. Administration or management can begin an initiative to post comical work-related and/ or appropriate jokes on the bulletin board each week. Another option is to create daily memes to be posted on the online office forum or forwarded as a mass email. Quotes are also a good idea to spark laughter and encouragement, and therefore, innovation. As Dwight D. Eisenhower put it, “A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done.”