Being happy at work is important. Studies suggest that if you’re not happy at work, you’re less productive, more likely to take days off sick, and a poor problem solver. Still, some people maintain being happy at work isn’t important — that happiness is just one possible by-product of a good working environment, and not worth being goal in and it itself. I think, however, this comes from a fundamental misunderstanding of what happiness can mean.
Professor Sophie Scott from University College London, says “Laughter is a subconscious signal that we’re in a state of relaxation and safety”.
Too often we feel that if we are laughing during work, people may think we are “slacking off”. However, could it mean that it is adding to our productivity?