Creativity, HR and Industry-Specific Conferences & Workshops
⇨ Add Laughter to the Mix!
When bringing LY Workshops into creativity, human resource or other industry-specific conferences, some of the areas that participants find the most substantial benefits are: improved productivity, team building, creative problem solving, communication skills, positive work environment and increased employee moral, strengthened self confidence and leadership, decreased cortisol levels (stress hormones), increased endorphines and alpha waves and a stimulation and growth of innovation and creativity output.
In addition to the scientific and health benefits, participants often say that after practicing Laughter Yoga, 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, and to approach them with a more light-hearted attitude. Evolution has given us the wonderful gift of laughter, and with Laughter Yoga we’re able to cash in on it’s benefits whenever we feel we could use it most.
⇨ To schedule a Laughter Yoga workshop for your industry conference, creativity seminar or other setting, you may contact me using this handy form or directly at 617.529.0090 or info (at) livetolaugh (dot) org.
Discovery, Creativity & Laughter
“In an article based on the Presidential Lecture to the Chemical and Physical Society first published in Sophia Magazine,” Professor Julian Evans (UCL Chemistry) “proposes that there is an intimate connection between laughter and creativity. Is he serious?
Where do good ideas come from? There is precious little in the curriculum about observation, creativity and discovery, which seems odd given their importance in the history of ideas. Science is presented as pictures at an exhibition after the studio is tidied; as a pristine building after the construction site is cleared; as a series of pure, clean, creative acts. We see the product but not the process. To find out what we’ve missed, let’s break into the building site!” (Full article here)
Work Should Be Fun
“Working with people on a daily basis can be so rewarding when there is laughter in the environment. In many crises I experience on the job–work stoppages, natural disasters, and emergencies—laughter helps ease tensions, and the focus on getting the tasks done becomes more enjoyable and less stressful. I’ve heard other managers and their employees comment on my employees’ attitudes. I often hear, ‘How do they make their sales and service objectives? That group laughs from the time they come in until the time they leave.’ But the laughter is infectious, and the employees and myself enjoy coming to work with each other every day.”
The idea that work should be fun is not new. John Naisbitt noted long ago, in his book Reinventing the Corporation, that:
“Many business people have mourned the death of the work ethic in America. But few of us have applauded the logic of the new value taking its place: ‘Work should be Fun.’ That outrageous assertion is the value that fuels the most productive people and companies in this country.” (Full article here)
Jumpstart Your Team’s Creativity
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?
⇨ To explore the benefits of Laughter Yoga further, please feel free to check out our Interesting Articles, Videos and Benefits pages. I look forward to helping you bring more laughter into your life soon! Drop me a line to book a workshop anytime.