Who said that fun and work are mutually exclusive? Have we mistakenly incorporated the exercise method of "no pain, no gain" into the workplace? Is work meant to be stifling and boring? Let's hope not, as monotony can give rise to exhaustion and unnecessary stress.
Laughter releases endorphins that are more powerful than morphine. These endorphins can lead to a sense of well-being and optimism. Humor can even reduce tension in a stressful situation.
You may worry about the risk of making a fool of yourself. That may happen, but you will be in great company. There is something special about someone who is so confident that they are willing to take the risk of being misunderstood or criticized by someone.
A company with the ability to see that happy and laughing employees are good, productive and loyal employees speaks profoundly of the leadership. This combination can be transformed into a productive and financially profitable workplace environment.
But, in the day-to-day grind, it is easy to forget. So, my request to you is take a minute to share a laugh and lighten the mood among your co-workers. Doing so will make it easier to pull together when the going gets tough.
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