Have you laughed today?
We know, sometimes it is difficult to be able to laugh, what with all the work on our desk tops (or computer screens), the pressures of deadlines, the ineffectiveness of some colleagues, the demands on our personal lives . . . sometimes it’s all too much, or at least too much for us to laugh.
On the other hand, the problem with business is that oftentimes it’s too serious. We’d be better off if we followed the example of angels. Do you know why angels fly? Because they don’t take themselves too seriously . . . they take themselves lightly.
Okay, maybe that wasn’t very funny, but you get the point, don’t you? Humor . . . laughter . . . fun, they are all important!
How can we be so sure? Well, here are three areas where humor can have an impact on you today:
1. Using humor can actually increase productivity! Robert Half International conducted a survey of 100 vice presidents of major corporations. The study revealed that 84% thought employees with a sense of humor performed better than people with little or no sense of humor. Don’t get real, get funny!
2. Your sense of humor may advance your career. In another study of 737 CEOs, 98% said they would hire a person with a good sense of humor over someone who lacks a sense of humor.
3. Humor can improve your business relationships. Customers like people they feel comfortable around. . .and people buy from people they like. Using humor can make people feel relaxed, comfortable and at ease.
In addition to these three reasons, humor and laughter reduce stress!
Try it. Smile right now. Feel better? Okay, how about a good laugh:
Did you hear about the coin collectors who got together for old dime’s sake? . . . and by the way, did you know there are three types of people in this world: those who can count and those who can’t?
As Erma Bombeck once said, laughter will keep you regular!
One last point of information. Never suppress laughter. A recent medical study found that if you suppress laughter, the laughter reverses itself, moves back into your body, and spreads your hips!
Smile — just for the health of it!