How Shared Laughter Can Be an Added Boost
By Sandy Schroeder
Whenever you share a laugh with someone you may forge a new connection. It can happen with a family member, friend or co-worker, but the results are similar as stronger connections grow.
Psychologists are wondering if the whole concept of shared laughter is something that could be used to build better relationships at home and at work. They say it is an overlooked asset, according to greatergood.berkeley.edu.
Shared laughter has worked at my house many times. In an active household full of kids, bikes, skateboards, surfboards and pets, misunderstandings sometimes grew, words flew, and anger flared. Then someone would make a funny remark, reminding us of laughter we shared before. Instantly the tension evaporated, and we all began to laugh. Shared laughter worked again.
What Laughter Does and How to Share It
Psychologists say laughter can be strong medicine reinforcing healthy physical and social development. Laughter is also contagious, pulling people together and building relationships.
Sharing humor is a natural when you spend time with friends and family. That’s where the health benefits come in. You can’t enjoy a laugh with someone unless you actually connect with them. For the moment, you may feel happier and more balanced, apart from whatever else is going on.
How This Plays Out
See if these situations are familiar to you.
In a close relationship – When conflicts arise, couples may use humor to lighten the load and remind them of their shared closeness.
In staff meetings – There may be many points of view, but a few shared laughs might make everyone more receptive, keeping everyone relaxed and working together to move projects ahead.
Out in the community – As daily pressures abound, hanging onto your sense of humor and sharing a humorous observation could help you keep your balance, easing tension and negativism.
Over time for families – As the years roll ahead, individuals may hang onto resentments that might be softened with a little shared laughter the next time you get together.
Wherever tensions exist – In a complicated world, we may find ourselves talking to people with different views. We may never quite agree, but a little shared laughter might keep us talking, and listening.
Wherever you need it – Shared laughter could be an extra resource to keep in your back pocket. When everyone is frowning, nothing is working out, and you are looking for answers, a little shared laughter could ease the moment and help you restart the situation.
Use shared laughter whenever it fits, and enjoy the connection.
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