Want to get closer to your colleagues at work?
Apparently, laughter is the key to creating bonds in and outside the workplace, according to an article on Entrepreneur.com.
The article cites a study conducted by the Turku PET Centre, Aalto University in Finland and the University of Oxford finding that when people laugh together in social situations, endorphins in the brain are released that create pleasurable and calming feelings that make people feel safe and bonded together.
The researchers arrived at this conclusion by scanning participants’ brains in two different situations – first when they sat alone in a room for 30 minutes, and then, after they watched comedy clips with close friends for 30 minutes. Interestingly enough, the researchers identified an endorphin release in three different parts of the brain after the participants engaged in social laughter.
“Because social laughter leads to similar chemical response in the brain, this allows significant expansion of human social networks: laughter is highly contagious, and the endorphin response may thus easily spread through large groups that laugh together,” University of Oxford professor Robin Dunbar explained.
The article also referenced another study – one from VU University Amsterdam and the University of Nebraska – which found that meetings filled with laughter lead to more productivity and more innovative solutions at work.
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