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When bringing LY Workshops into their workplace, some of the areas that participants find the most substantial benefits are: stress management, improved productivity, team building, communication skills, positive work environment and increased employee moral, strengthened self confidence and leadership, and stimulation of innovation and creativity.
In addition to the scientific and health benefits, participants also often say that after participating in Laughter Yoga Workshops, they find themselves laughing more readily and easily throughout their day. They also report feeling an increased ability to laugh and cope with challenging events as they arise in their lives in and outside of the workplace, and to approach them with a more light-hearted attitude. Evolution has given us the wonderful gift of laughter, and with LY Workshops we’re able to cash in on it’s benefits by sharing them with, and thereby strengthening, our workforce and creative teams.
⇨ To schedule a Laughter Yoga workshop for your corporate office, HR training, creativity conference or other setting, you may contact me using this handy form or directly at 617.529.0090 or info (at) livetolaugh (dot) org.
Inspiration for Your Business
Laughter Yoga is one of the most economical, least time-consuming and scientifically proven techniques to reduce stress in the workplace. Science tells us that the brain needs 25% more oxygen than other body organs for optimal functioning. Laughter Yoga increases the net supply of oxygen which helps in optimal performance, increases social connection, endorphines and right-brain activity in the process. One feels energized and fresh throughout the day and can work more productively without getting tired or lethargic. Group laughter also create a happy and motivated workforce, includes a strong team building element and provides a greater sense of work-life balance. For those in marketing, sales and client facing roles, the practice often enhances self-confidence and communication skills, and in HR trainings Laughter Yoga has become a very effective tool for increasing attention span during prolonged sessions.
“By integrating just a small amount of laughing and playing into your staff’s work-day or work-week, levels of innovation and creativity are much more likely to be increased.” (Dr. Madan Kataria)
Three of the largest, most innovative and most successful companies on the planet have policies that allow for “play” to be integrated into their workplaces. Patagonia, for example, has a flexible time-off policy called “Let My People Go Surfing,” and during a visit to their campus, one will often find employees out strolling the grounds for a short play break or even grabbing a surfboard to take an hour off. Google also has a policy some employees affectionately refer to as “Innovation Time-off,” which allows employees to work on something that interests them that may be company related. The policy has inspired inventions like Gmail and Google News, among others (Johan Lehrer, “Imagine: How Creativity Works”). The company 3M encourages innovation as well by allowing for play balance in the workplace. “Instead of insisting on constant concentration – requiring every employee to focus on his or her work for 8 hours per day, 3M encourages employees to make time for activities that at first glance might seem unproductive,” like a walk across campus, a daydream by a sunny window or a quick game of pinball. (Jonah Lehrer, “Imagine: How Creativity Works”) Play in the workforce may seem, perhaps, not the best pairing when it comes to productivity, quality of work output and real profitability, but growing numbers of experts and business leaders share with us how increasing their employees capacity and ability to play has directly related to new ideas, profitability and success. Even Mr. Albert Einstein said, “Creativity is the residue of time wasted.”
“The science of insight supports the 3M attention policy. Joy-deep Bhattacharya, a psychologist at Goldsmiths, University of London, has used EEG to help explain why interrupting one’s focus – perhaps with a walk outside or a game of ping-pong – can be so helpful. Interestingly, Bhattacharya has found that it’s possible to predict that a person will solve an insight puzzle up to eight seconds before the insight actually arrives.” “The predictive brain signal’s essential element is a steady rhythm of alpha waves emanating from the right hemisphere. While the precise function of alpha waves remains mysterious, they’re closely associated with relaxing activities… In fact, alpha waves are so crucial for insight that, according to Bhattacharya, subjects with insufficient alpha-waves activity are unable to utilize hints provided by researchers.” (Jonah Lehrer, “Imagine: How Creativity Works”)
Laughter Yoga provides a place for employees to relieve stress and recharge, the opportunity to strengthen their teams, improve communication channels and levels of confidence and provides a setting where play and creativity may be fostered, inspired and grown. Not to mention the wonderful benefit that healthier, happier employees, leads to less turn-over, sick-days and chronic illnesses, greater work-life balance and happier, healthier companies. What’s not to like?
Approaches to Creativity and Discovery
“Should we take creativity seriously at a time of global financial and environmental crises? Not if we want to find solutions, argues Professor Julian Evans (UCL Chemistry).
In an article based on the Presidential Lecture to the Chemical and Physical Society first published in Sophia, he proposes that there is an intimate connection between laughter and creativity. Is he serious?” (Full article via UCL)
Stress relief from laughter? “Yes, no joke.” says the Mayo Clinic
“When it comes to relieving stress, more giggles and guffaws are just what the doctor ordered. Here’s why.
Whether you’re guiltily guffawing at an episode of “South Park” or quietly giggling at the latest New Yorker cartoon, laughing does you good. Laughter is a great form of stress relief, and that’s no joke.
Stress relief from laughter
A good sense of humor can’t cure all ailments, but data are mounting about the positive things laughter can do.
A good laugh has great short-term effects. When you start to laugh, it doesn’t just lighten your load mentally, it actually induces physical changes in your body. Laughter can:
Stimulate many organs. Laughter enhances your intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulates your heart, lungs and muscles, and increases the endorphins that are released by your brain.
Activate and relieve your stress response. A rollicking laugh fires up and then cools down your stress response and increases your heart rate and blood pressure. The result? A good, relaxed feeling.
Soothe tension. Laughter can also stimulate circulation and aid muscle relaxation, both of which help reduce some of the physical symptoms of stress.
Long-term effects. Laughter isn’t just a quick pick-me-up, though. It’s also good for you over the long haul. Laughter may:
- Improve your immune system. Negative thoughts manifest into chemical reactions that can impact your body by bringing more stress into your system and decreasing your immunity. In contrast, positive thoughts actually release neuropeptides that help fight stress and potentially more-serious illnesses.
- Relieve pain. Laughter may ease pain by causing the body to produce its own natural painkillers. Laughter may also break the pain-spasm cycle common to some muscle disorders.
- Increase personal satisfaction. Laughter can also make it easier to cope with difficult situations. It also helps you connect with other people.” (Full article at the Mayo Clinic)
Making Work Fun
By Paul E. McGhee, Ph.D.
“A funny thing is happening in American companies these days. From very small companies to Fortune 500 corporations, businesses are learning to put fun to work. The word is out that employees who enjoy their jobs work more effectively and are more productive, and companies are reexamining a long-held assumption that has formed the core of the American work ethic. That assumption is that work and play don’t mix.” (Full article here)
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