Someone once said that laughter is the shortest distance between two people and they were right. Recent studies have shown that laughter has a domino effect on how well people bond with each other and it’s no surprise given how it is an integral part of every human being. Even before they can speak infants interact with others by laughing and/or smiling.
The universal nature of laughter means that it can be found in every group of people in the world and is a potent instrument of breaking down barriers of culture, race, nationality, economic classes and government philosophies. Whenever anyone of us comes across something amusing the response is always the same- laughter; ranging from loud vocal outbursts to the more discreet chuckles. The result however is always the same- it unites everybody who’s laughing.
Just like a magnet, laughter draws us together and encourages us to interact- the sound of laughter eggs us on to the source of laughter. By persuading us to lower our guard, laughter reduces our tendency to be anxious when meeting strangers. If you were to quickly go through your Facebook friends’ profiles you’d notice that the funniest ones have the most friends when compared to those who are more somber and reserved.
Even more importantly laughter helps relationships thrive. Whether sharing a humorous joke around the dinner table or watching a funny comedy with friends, laughter helps us release positive emotions that help bind us together and develop closeness.
One of the quickest not to mention easiest ways to help us through the tough times is by laughing off our worries. Coping with life’s problems can sap away all of our energy and laughter couldn’t be more helpful in those trying moments.
Kris delivers laughter workshops for both teams and organizations. Why not give him a call on your next quarterly forum or team-building day on 0438 545 607 or send us an email firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Cris Popp (@laughterpopp) December 28, 2014