“If you're not having fun, you're doing something wrong.” ― Groucho Marx
Traditional wisdom states the following: “Work is not supposed to be fun. That’s why it’s called work.” An outcome of subscribing to this principle makes you believe that if you see someone having fun at work, they’re goofing off. However, research shows that this dismal view of work is completely wrong.
Studies have shown that when workplaces include fun activities as part of the daily routine it creates happier employees. And happy employees are all around better at their jobs. Having fun increases employee motivation reduces stress and in the end, increases productivity. It’s also proven to improve teamwork, build trusting relationships and increase employee retention.
Unfortunately, when we become adults we begin to take our careers all too seriously. Children laugh an average of 400 times a day and that number drops to only 15 times a day by the time people reach age 35. Laughter releases endorphins (chemicals that are more powerful than the pain-relieving drug morphine) into the body in much the same way as doing vigorous exercise. Laughing increases your oxygen intake, reinvigorating cells and it relieves stress.
To that end, Laugh at Work Week was created by Randall Munson. It is celebrated around the world annually April 1 through April 7.
So your challenge for the next few days will be to have some fun at work this week. Tell a joke, play a game, bring some treats or snacks, use your imagination to break up the monotony.
You will be happy that you did.
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