Freedom to Laugh in the Workplace
"Learn to laugh at your troubles and you will never run out of things to laugh about."
If this saying is true, due economic uncertainties and crazy market shifts we should have much to laugh about. Perhaps it is time to celebrate our freedom to laugh this Independence Day.
Studies show that having a sense of humor can have positive affects on health. In fact, cardiologists, from the University of Maryland report that, “Laughter, along with an active sense of humor, may help protect you against a heart attack.” This is a pretty significant finding given that heart disease is a number one killer in the U.S. Research also indicates that laughter provides an aerobic benefit, reduces depression, which is linked to overeating.
Award-winning humorous author, speaker and humor and health columnist, Leigh Ann Jasheway-Bryant, MPH, writes in one of her columns “The Joke’s On You: Laugh Yourself Healthier” that laughter is important for those who have diabetes. Researchers from University of Tsukuba, Japan found a link between laughter and blood sugar.
Adding laughter to the daily regime of good exercise and a healthy diet is something to be considered if you want to stay healthy, despite stress.
So go ahead, chuckle, snicker. Or just let it all out with a loud, belly-busting, snorting, guffaw! Your heart and sanity will thank you.
Declarations of Independence – by Leigh Ann Jasheway-Bryant
This July, I declare my independence from:
- Jumping to the wrong conclusions
- Creating worse case scenarios
- Putting words in people’s mouths
- Assuming any change is bad if I’m not in control of it
- Spending too much time with life-o-sucters
- Focusing on what’s bad in my life and what’s gone wrong with my day
- Scowling and rolling my eyes
- Using my cell phone in my car
- Living only a virtual life when there’s a real one right outside my door
- Raining on other people’s parades
- Not sharing my toys
- Thinking that “teamwork” is just a lot of people doing things my way
- Offering sarcasm as a service
- Blowing up like a firecracker over the smallest frustrations
Tresha D. Moreland, MBA, MS, SPHR, SSBBP, founder of HR C-Suite, is an HR thought leader in Human Resource Strategic Management. She has held key human resource leadership roles for over 20 years in multiple industries most recently a senior vice president in the healthcare industry.
Tresha is the founder and publisher of HR C-Suite (www.hrcsuite.com). HR C-Suite is a game changer results-based HR strategy website. It is a first-of-it's-kind site that organizes HR strategy based on desired business result.
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