The Business Case for Laughter Well-being
Research has shown that ‘Laughter sessions in the workplace show significant stress reductions and a sharp increase in work effectiveness’ and ‘Laughter sessions are an effective tool to improve workplace performance’. Dr Kataria Research
The introductory meeting was important as we had recently acquired another law firm and we were keen for the new team to feel part of our organisation and that this was their new ‘work home’. Sam Rehan delivered her workplace laughter yoga session to an initially apprehensive group of lawyers where laughter was not part of their daily work routine. What we witnessed and experienced as Sam guided us through the exercises was a tangible sense of us all opening up from being rather reserved and feeling a little self-conscious to embracing and owning our commonality of laughter. The invisible barriers that had been in place at the start of the meeting were lowered (and in many cases removed altogether) allowing relationships to develop and the foundation of the new larger team was formed. In the workplace, building great teams is essential to the success of a business and laughter helped us take a big leap forward in creating this new team.''
Teresa J. Payne, Solicitor and Owner of Parfitt Cresswell
Benefits.... Imagine a fun UNIQUE workplace session which generates Team Build, Team Reward, Team Strengthen and long remembered!
Laughter is a universal language and contagious and a Laughter Wellbeing session brings people together from all levels and backgrounds.
When people are in environments that support positive emotions, they’re free to be productive, collaborative and creative.
Laughter well-being gets employees and teams energised and enthusiastic and builds on positive experience. This leads to more connection, communication and cooperation.
Laughter is a social language, creates bonding and maximum audience participation which is maintained and remembered.
A fun happy session, moves people to a mindset ready to listen, learn and participate.
A unexpected session with zero jokes, relatively rare and consequently, people participate and remember the event with positivity. The workplace sessions aid in stress management, provide uplifting creative playfulness and assist with creating a positive mental attitude, long after the event!.
Laughter is proven to reduce stress, generate and boosts health - entertainment with wellbeing!
Natural laughter usually lasts 3-5 seconds. 50 years of medical and scientific research shows that people get proven health benefits when laughter occurs continuously for 15 minutes. Laughter well-being at the workplace aids stress management, provides uplifting playfulness and assists with creating a positive mental attitude.
Laughter sessions are health-boosting as they provide a natural form of exercise and release feel-good hormones to aid mental and physical health.
Sam, author of Laugh More, delivers her signature session,
balancing laughter and relaxation techniques (Laughter Wellbeing).
Participating in Laughter Wellbeing is great fun and Sam can adapt to incorporate core messages and products. Sam 'reads' the audience and adapts the session for maximum interaction. Laughter is invited!
’Laughter Well-being is a custom-made experience and is suitable for:
Team Reward: Build on the positivity present and create a memorable celebration event with a health boost
Team Build: Creates team cohesion in a positive, uplifting way without any pressure to perform WITH added proven health benefits (mental and physical)
Team Strengthen: Draw out and build on your team’s strengths. The session can often elicit team members’ hidden strengths too!
Well-being Warm-up: Start a company, client, or team meeting, a product launch, or a training with everyone feeling positive, relaxed, and ready to trade new information and ideas
Well-being Wrap-up: End a company or team meeting, product launch, or training with positivity and lengthened relaxation to retain new information and ideas… a positive, memorable, health-boosting session associated with your workplace or client event.
Why Laughter Wellbeing is the best option for your event?
Engage, connect everyone and make your event memorable.
A successful session, in as as short as 10 minutes
Effective for large or small gatherings.
Stand-alone session, such as Lunch and Learn,
Well-being keynote during a company conference, training or product/sales launch. Client Networking Events
Training Days. Awards Ceremonies. Trade Shows
What happens in a Laughter Well-being session?
The Laughter Well-being session is run with zero jokes, using proven group exercises. Suitable for ALL, including those who need to remain seated—each session is tailored to the group, with or without movement and for all abilities and ages.
Clear, easy steps demonstrated so the techniques that can be understood by non-native speakers.
Easy for ALL to laugh—session is tailored to the group, to work with current energy and participation levels shown.
Relaxation techniques in between the laughter for stress management and increased mental health. These well-being techniques can also be used post-session, at the desk or at home. The strategies are fast, short, practical, and backed by science.
The session is led to generate happy, healthy, motivated teams in a way that can be SEEN AND FELT by ALL.
Group exercises bring a playful element to the session, which helps team members to gain a respite from the thinking brain and move more to the creative brain, allowing relaxation and greater calm.
The session is highly facilitated to ensure that laughter is invited. This supports team members who may want to be involved with less interaction and without pressure. Those who cannot laugh as much as others do report that they can smile, soften, and access laughter later. Most people report feeling energised, more relaxed and surprised how good they feel from belly laughter. Natural laughter is invited and lengthened for team cohesion.
Sam is a professional Laughter Facilitator and has delivered laughter workshops for workplaces and coaching for individuals for over five years. She has worked with people from diverse backgrounds to draw out their innate strengths and increase their self-confidence. She is the author of the book Laugh More which is available in print or on Kindle, Apple Books and Audible.
Initiative: Laughter Well-being Session
Factors for success
Based in the UK, Parfitt Cresswell has 100 employees who provide specialist legal advice with a first class client service.
Two teams of 35 junior and senior lawyers to meet together for the first time. The introductory meeting was important as Parfitt Cresswell had recently acquired another law firm and were keen for the new team to feel part of the organisation and that this was their new ‘work home’.
Bespoke laughter Well-being session focused on team build and team strengthen with science based relaxation techniques in-between the laughter. Research has shown that ‘Laughter sessions in the workplace show significant stress reductions and a sharp increase in work effectiveness’ and ‘Laughter sessions are an effective tool to improve workplace performance’.
Sam Rehan, a Well-being corporate trainer and Professional Laughter Facilitator was booked to run a short session at the start of the meeting: 'Well-being warm up". Zero equipment was needed.
The nature of the employee's work meant that an assumption was made; that most people attending would be 'left-brained' and perhaps needing more time to access the creative right-side brain for fun team-building. Some expected apprehension as laughter is not part of the daily work for the group of lawyers.
Engagement and this could include softening, smiling alongside laughter. Laughter was invited and it was made clear that participation was not required and attendees could watch as that would gain them benefit too. Communication about the benefits of the session (mental and physical health and social connections) was pivotal and needed to be short with simple science. How the participants felt during and post session was crucial to successful outcomes.
"What we witnessed and experienced as Sam guided us through the exercises was a tangible sense of us all opening up from being rather reserved and feeling a little self-conscious to embracing and owning our commonality of laughter. The invisible barriers that had been in place at the start of the meeting were lowered (and in many cases removed altogether) allowing relationships to develop and the foundation of the new larger team was formed. In the workplace, building great teams is essential to the success of a business and laughter helped us take a big leap forward in creating this new team." -Teresa Cresswell, Manager Partner of Parfitt Cresswell
Such was the success of the laughter well-being session, that the Manager Partner of Parfitt Cresswell (Teresa Cresswell) wrote the foreword of the successful outcomes in Sam's Rehan's well-being book: Laugh More: Soar in your Health, Career and Relationships.
Healthy communication, stress management, connection, collaboration, mental and physical health, relaxation, teambuilding, stronger teams, common goals, creativity, performance, productivity.
What is stress?
Stress: ‘the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressures or other types of demand placed on them’.
Employees feel stress when they can’t cope with pressures and other issues. Employers should match demands to employees’ skills and knowledge. For example, employees can get stressed if they feel they don’t have the skills or time to meet tight deadlines. Providing planning, training and support can reduce pressure and bring stress levels down.
In the workplace, six main areas of work design which can effect stress levels:
* As defined by the HSE (correct as of Sep 2020)