In this week’s Pinkcast, Dan looks at the lack of humor in our life as we get older.
Research has shown that there are many benefits to humor and laughter but the problem is there’s not much laughter in the world of business.
The chart above shows laughter dropping off just about the time we enter the workforce and it doesn’t really make a come back until we retire. In fact, studies have shown that a typical four year old laughs 300 times per day; it takes a 40 year-old adult 75 days to reach that level!
The first step in bringing some humor and laughter back into your life this is to simply become aware of how often it occurs.
Authors Jennifer Aaker and Naomi Bagdonas explore the power of laughter and levity at work and at home.in their upcoming book, Humor, Seriously: Why Humor is a Secret Weapon in Business and Life, and suggest using what they call a humor audit.
This simply means that for one day you keep track of all the times you laugh and all the times you make someone else laugh. Doing so will bring awareness of how much you humor and laughter you experience on a daily basis.
In an attempt to bring some humor into your life let me share an experience my wife had after my surgery last week.
When the surgery was over, a nurse called my wife and told her, “The surgery went quite well. She’s just waking up now and she should be out of recovery within an hour.” My wife got a little concerned about exactly what kind of surgery they actually performed on me…
Here’s the Pinkcast:
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