The Benefits Of Team Love And Laughter
A few weeks ago I was high, so high that my team members thought I was drunk.
At the time we were at a nearby restaurant celebrating two employees and not only did I talk a tad bit too loudly, I also co- led some celebratory cheers, also a tad bit too loudly. I mimicked Steve Harvey in game of table Family Feud and regaled my employees with stories of my most embarrassing moments, like the time I fell out the maxi taxi in my early twenties flat on my face with my skirt in the air. And oh, did I mention I had on no underwear?
My employees also made me laugh in a way that had me almost falling off my chair. They too you see were on a high, feeding off my energy and generally feeling wonderful about themselves.
Joy it seems is contagious.
I realised in that moment for the past few weeks my days had been devoid of the belly kind of laughs; the kind that bubbles under the surface just waiting for the slightest provocation to jump forth into the world. And it has been for no other reason other than life. I’ve been meeting with lawyers to get money from one client who owes us a lot of it. That exercise in itself is energy sapping, I have been laying the foundation for a new business even as I manage and lead my existing PR and marketing firm. And I have been managing change within my personal life, letting go and releasing points of unhappiness.
But on Friday, as my assistant Nelleen and I sliced into her birthday cake and as Miguel, one of the quietest in our bunch, trusted us enough to share a deeply personal story in a very humorous way, I realised how much laughter heals and how wonderful it is when you can laugh and joke around easily, no matter what’s going on around you.
Laughter and joy it turns out has many benefits:
• It releases something called neuropeptides that help fight stress and potentially more-serious illnesses.
• It eases pain by causing the body to produce its own natural painkillers.
• It increases personal satisfaction and helps you connect with other people.
• It Improves mood and lessens depression.
• It makes you feel happier.
So I’ll claim the high my staff thought I was on, they were spot on.
When I laugh, it means I’m in a happy place and that’s always a good thing.
I just need to do it more, more of it, often.