What is Humour?
For some of us, humour is a lost art, but it can be one of our most powerful ‘life coping’ tools. It is one of the world’s most potent health supplements, not toxic, low-calorie and absolutely free. But what is humour? One definition I really like is that humour is an attitude focused on generating positive feelings in yourself and for others. It is an active state and a choice that we make. We need to start to smile, laugh large and fight terminal seriousness.
Studies show that those with a sense of humour are better communicators, team players and are more creative problem solvers. And contrary to popular belief they are more productive and less distracted than their humourless counterparts. Click to tweet
So why don’t we use our humour more?
Fear of embarrassment –
many people think that humour has to mean telling jokes and some of us just can remember the punch line
Fear of failure –
prevents risk taking and creativity
Terminal professionalism –
life, especially work, is serious and in order to succeed, we must be serious too.
Our fears can result in ‘terminal seriousness’. We need to lighten up and we need to be better role models for the next generation. There is nothing more distressing than to see a young adult, in the middle of their high school years, so stressed out, having to make life and seemingly death choices about their future, that they couldn’t take the time to smile, laugh large and fight terminal seriousness. They have become cynical and many of them are developing physical illnesses and mental disorders thought to be experienced only in later adult years.
Beverly’s Hot Tip For Building Resiliency and Celebrating Laugh At Work Week:
Being able to laugh about our situation and ourselves helps us to release the tension, regain our perspective, accept that which we cannot change and experience joy. It also gives us the physical energy and mental resilience needed to survive. Many of us just need to be given permission and encouragement to use our sense of humour more freely, especially at work. So let go of your fears, lighten up, and smile, laugh large and fight terminal seriousness.
If you have some strategies to share – comment on this posting!