Don’t take life too seriously and have fun. Life is too short not to make time for a laugh and enjoyment. When we work in an environment where a sense of humour overarches the culture we are far more likely to be creative and innovative. In controlled measures a sense of humour can be an extremely motivating force (Tim Smith thank you!) that gets the best out of individuals and teams. Humour and laughter are the most undervalued and underrated tools in society. It makes bad times feel better and there are schools of thought that believe health benefits can be derived from laughter, the importance of keeping a sense of humour and having a regular laugh is paramount to our existence.
You must allow room for humour in your workplace and life as it helps to build communication and trust between colleagues. Successful people and high performing individuals are all characterised by having a strong sense of humour. A self-deprecating sense of humour can be an extremely engaging to others and it helps to break the ice when we meet new people.
When things don’t go to plan, smile and apply a reflective and humorous perspective to help yourself cope with difficult situations. We spend so much of our life trying to build a platform for success, when the fun stops and the humour disappears then it is time to rethink, maybe reinvent or go and do something else
Remember it takes far more energy to frown than smile – have a laugh it works wonders!