Little kids shouldn’t have a monopoly on laughing

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 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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11 thoughts on “Little kids shouldn’t have a monopoly on laughing

  1. Well you know what a “serious” person I am! LOL! 🙂 Yes, laughter truly is a wonderful thing!! You need it to keep your sanity!
    Haha on the nurse to your wife! Yes, I can see her being worried. 🙂
    Keep laughing Jim, its the best medicine, and we want you to get well as quick as you can!

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  2. I do my best to avoid laughter. It hurts my face and makes my throat sore. People look at me like I’m an idiot. Some have all the nerve to ask me what I’m laughing about, as if my private thoughts were their business. No, I keep it straight-faced all the time. All chuckles are suppressed by tightly constricted neck muscles and grinding teeth.

    You might want to avoid laughter, too. Otherwise you might lose control of your body and fall on the floor and break your wrists again. Be very, very careful. And please get better.

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  3. I realised this a little while ago – the things I found hilarious in my youth just don’t seem funny any more.
    As for those US sitcoms (and most of the recent UK ones, come to think of it) life’s too short to waste on them.

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  4. I work in an office with approximately two hundred colleagues. Most of us heads down, working hard in our little cubicles. But I, too, believe that humor in the right amount always has its place in our daily lives, so I bought a hand puppet. It is a horse and we named him Charles, as in Charlie Horse. He makes random appearances throughout the office, popping up unexpectedly over the cubicle walls, and never fails to evoke a laugh. I have even started dressing him up for the holidays. For Halloween he was dressed as a vampire with fangs and a cape. Today he will be dressed as a pilgrim for Thanksgiving. Humor is out there if you are willing to look for it and the benefits are more than you may imagine. Great post, Jim! Hope you are well and on the mend! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, my friend!

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  5. luckily i spend my days with these mini people, and we never stop laughing, when not crying. it’s so good for everyone, and i hope they didn’t disconnect your laugh track by accident )

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