T his article was written several years ago but the message is invaluable, particularly given the stress that presently exists in the workplace.
Who says that work always has to be serious? Wouldn’t it be rather boring if that’s the way it always was? Work environments where humor is encouraged tend to be happier, less stressed and more productive. Incorporating humor into our jobs increases feelings of solidarity and cohesion between co-workers. Humor provides a non-threatening medium through which an employee or employer can communicate with others.
Humor helps us think. “Taking time out to laugh can help us to get rid of negative feelings and allow us to better concentrate on what we are doing,” says noted psychologist Dr. Ashton Trice of Mary Baldwin College in Virginia.