It may be something that is innate, found in every society, and what some may only aim to experience each day: laughter.
In her book, Laughology: Improve Your Life with the Science of Laughter, Stephanie Davies provides a self-help guide to using laughter and humour as an alternative way of thinking for the improvement of life, and perhaps more significantly, for the improvement of work. Research now suggests that laughter may be important for productivity, as are salary and benefits along with encourgaing employers to indulge their temperaments. Follow this simple advice, Davies states, and businesses may flourish with laughter.
The science behind this revelation may be relatively simple, yet it is the combination of humour, emotion, psychology and health that makes laughology a success.
In biological terms laughter produces endorphins, otherwise known as ‘happy hormones’, which help to stimulate productive emotions. In turn, these productive emotions change the chemical make up in the brain to produce serotonin, another hormone associated with happiness and wellbeing.
In more physical terms laughter may be like going to the gym and the strange noises made, the shoulders jumping up and down, and the stomach-grabbing are all examples of how laughter exercises the body. Laughter seems to have a significant effect on the body, creating an image of health and happiness on the outside, while actually being healthier and happier on the inside.
Armed with this knowledge, and various research into the power of laughter on numerous clients, including one in a secure mental hospital and one experiencing challenges with having a positive mood Davies serves to shift the way people think.
As one of the UKs leading voices in the psychology of laughter, Davies demonstrates how one may take control of their emotions and how humour, a coping mechanism that everybody possesses, may be used to enhance living by helping one move forward with improved results and happiness. It may be for this reason that the psychological system behind her book is being used by some of the country’s most successful businesses, as well as schools and the public sector.
Davies believes that one is often “taught that work and play are two separate things. However play is as important to our physical and mental health as getting enough sleep, eating well and exercising. It teaches us resilience, supercharges learning, helps to relieve challenges and connects us to others and the world around us. Play makes work more productive and pleasurable. Playful work environments are more mentally agile and flexible as playfulness has been shown to stimulate a part of the brain called the prefrontal cortex, which is where cognition happens, so it may help to develop emotional maturity and improve decision-making and help solving challenges.”
Businesses, therefore, are encouraged to play more. By having fun and laughing more often bosses may get improved results from their workforce while being amused at the same time, and in a book full of practical exercises for the reader to complete and descriptive strategies, it may be simple to apply the Laughology model to ones life and reap the benefits.
To find out more or to order a copy of Laughology: Improve Your Life with the Science of Laughter please visit: http://www.crownhouse.co.uk/publications/product.php?product=701
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