Common physical manifestations of stress:
Common psychological manifestations of stress:
A good "sense" of humor and laughter can trigger both short and long-term health benefits, increasing overall well-being.
“With the fearful strain that is on me night and day,
if I did not laugh, I should die.” ~ Abraham Lincoln, 1865
Immediate Benefits of Humor and Laughter
Long-Term Benefits of Humor and Laughter
"Laugh, and the world laughs with you; weep, and you weep alone." ~Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Mixing humor into the workplace is a social skill.
Consider timing, audience, and intent. Be prepared to follow-up whether you "fly" or "fail"
Never use humor to gain power, bully, or tear-down
People appreciate positive, "bonding" humor over aggressive humor
Humor should bring people together or smooth the way during disagreement
Constructive criticism is delivered better with a smile than a frown
Don't take yourself too seriously....humor can keep you afloat!
Collaboration and cooperation are strengthened by shared humor and laughter
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