People today face tremendous stress and burnouts in the workplace and even highly talented and skilled people cannot perform well if they are emotionally imbalanced and stressed. Though there are many methods being used to reduce stress, Laughter Yoga is most cost effective, less time consuming and is a single exercise routine which reduces physical, mental and emotional stress simultaneously and brings an emotional balance.
By introducing Laughter Yoga sessions for all staff, companies have reported a happier workplace, increased efficiency, better communication, increase in sales and productivity, increased creativity and better teamwork, decrease in illness and absenteeism, and a reduction in employee turnover.
How Laughter Yoga Enhances Professional Competence
Mood, energy levels and good oxygen supply are essential for peak performance. Laughter Yoga has the power to change the mood state within minutes by releasing neuro-peptides from the brain cells called endorphins. It increases the net supply of oxygen which helps in optimal performance and boosts energy levels. It is the only exercise routine that works both on the body and mind simultaneously and effectively recharges the body system thus enabling it to perform to its optimum stage. It is the best recharge mechanism for working people as studies have proved that just 10 minutes of Laughter Yoga gives the same result as an hour in the gym!
“People who laugh together, work together” John Cleese, a renowned British comedian, once said during his visit to Mumbai that Laughter is a great connector of people. It breaks all hierarchies and is a force for democracy. Laughter Yoga is a powerful tool that can give you a highly motivated and energetic workforce for maximum productivity and profitability. It also develops a positive mental attitude, hope and optimism and increases communication skills to help in teambuilding. It leads to improved thinking and better creativity with a defined focus. The team goals become clear and accepted by everyone. People learn to complement and balance each other instead of building conflicts.
The goal of Laughter Yoga is to connect people with one another at heart level without judgment. It enhances leadership qualities and creates an atmosphere of openness and directness. In a pressured work environment, people succumb to rank hierarchy, status, competitiveness, and a feeling if insecurity that hampers constructive potential. It leads to feelings of low self esteem and fear of performance. Laughter Yoga provides a group interaction which helps to diminish these feelings and boost confidence levels.
Motivation and Communication
For people working in front office and sales and marketing, Laughter Yoga helps to bring a smile on their face and generate good feelings within the body. This enhances their communication and motivational skills thus increasing their client base and customer satisfaction.
Innovation and Creativity
The essence of Laughter Yoga system is to cultivate childlike playfulness. This playfulness stimulates the right brain activity which is the seat of creativity. This helps generate new ideas and new insights about workplace issues and problems. In this highly competitive market one needs to introduce new ideas and constant innovation to stay ahead. Laughter Yoga will help people to become more creative and innovative.
Increases Attention Span in HR Trainings
Human brain cannot concentrate for more than 90 minutes after which the attention span reduces. Even a 5-10 minute Laughter Yoga session can provide a great energy boost during long HR training sessions and conferences. It helps to increase the attention span, enhance learning skills, concentration powers and potential.
Laughter Yoga exercises have a profound impact on the employees’ sense of self-efficacy like self-regulation, positive emotions, and social identification, and these gains are maintained even months after the intervention. Laughter Yoga is a realistic, sustainable, and a generalized intervention that boosts employees’ morale, resilience, and personal effectiveness. It enhances the belief in one’s ability to organize and carry out the courses of action necessary to achieve a goal or manage a situation and also increases the ability to express thoughts and feelings in a nondestructive manner, as well as to be optimistic and hopeful about the future in the face of stress, setbacks, or disappointments.
People learn to become more adaptable and are thus able to solve problems by being flexible, creative, and translating ideas into action. There is a feeling of self-acceptance as well as be able to be aware of, sensitive to, and appreciate others' thoughts and feelings and to respond in an understanding manner.