Laughter is a subconscious signal that we’re in a state of relaxation and safety, says professor Sophie Scott from University College London.
“It’s a sign if people are laughing that they’re not in that anxious state. It’s a marker that the group is in a good place”.
Researchers found that when our brains are relaxed, we more easily achieve free idea association, which can lead to creativity.
For example, showing people stand-up comedy before asking them to do tricky puzzles helps them experience more flashes of inspiration, which allows them to correctly solve up to 20% more problems.
Robert R. Provine, a neuroscientist and Professor of Psychology at the University of Maryland, says in his book Laughter: A Scientific Investigation: “Laughter is the quintessential human social signal. Laughter is about relationships.”
Not surprisingly, scientists recommend leaders allow more time for socializing and humor in the team.
TEAMRADERIE EXPERIENCE FOR LAUGHTER:
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