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Have a laugh at work :-)

The article was prepared by Travel Dream Club UK www.traveldreamclub.uk

"Let your dream comes true..."

My friends, we are in the start of a fairly simple and graceful project over here that involves something dreamy, something inspired and something fun.

You need to act serious if you want be taken seriously at work, right? Wrong, – having a sense of humour is crucial to success

For true professionals, it’s assumed that you never show emotions or engage in cheerful banter in the workplace.

Less than a third of people use humour at work. This is perhaps because the thing we fear most is exposure of our weaknesses; bringing with it the terrifying possibility of very public, professional failure when it happens outside of the safe haven of home.

Yet we know from countless research that having a cheerful disposition is associated with enhanced work performance, satisfaction, health and coping effectiveness, as well as decreased burnout and stress.

The truth is, it’s hard for most of us to fight that inherent spontaneous smile.

But while smiling is primal in nature, cheerfulness is an attitude you get to choose and display.

Is doing so damaging to careers and indicative of non-professionalism? Should we throw our cheerfulness out altogether?

Being cheerful is a choice. It has long been understood to influence happiness at work and therefore productivity. The cheerful leader broadcasts confidence and capability; and good organisations instinctively understand this.

In the Royal Navy, it is the captain, invariably, who sets the mood of a vessel; a gloomy captain means a gloomy ship. Cheerfulness allows for urgency and velocity when things are going well, and for mistakes and forgiveness when they are not.’

So, can we all agree that a cheery disposition is, in fact, synonymous with professionalism and ability?

I leave you with my considered and extremely serious journalistic thought: the average child under the age of five laughs or smiles 400 times a day...

That number drops to only 15 times a day by the time we reach 35....

Which begs the question, why do we older folk have all the crow’s feet? :-)

The article was prepared by Travel Dream Club UK www.traveldreamclub.uk

"Let your dream comes true..."