Laughter Therapy is:
Laughter, humour and play is giving the brain a chance to relax and find its own solutions to problems.
Humour provides a sense of detatchment. Like creativity, it involves divergent rather than convergent thought processes, free-wheeling associations.
'SEEING THE JOKE' is not too distant from 'SOLVING THE PROBLEM.'
Motivation ..... When individuals learn to lighten up, they enhance their attitude towards their tasks and the environment in which they work. They are further motivated to achieve that extra mile.
Humour as a Conflict Management Tool ....... People who laugh together and can view a conflict situation with humour have a much better chance at resolving their differences. Humour offers them the opportunity of stepping back from the problem and seeing it from a different perspective. Laughter creates bonds with people and therefore once they have shared the humour moment, there is a feeling of co-operative camaraderie so that they can achieve a great deal more from this perspective.
Humour facilitates change. It helps break down barriers between people and makes an organisation more participative and responsive.
Humour as a Communication tool ..... Humour plays a vital role in helping to close the communication gap between individuals, providing an alternative channel of communication.
Humour lowers the threshold of resistance between people. It intervenes by providing a short cut to establishing a rapport and helping to nurture an environment of trust in which discussion can move forward.
Humour can help to extract information which might not otherwise be volonteered and therefore of enormous value in the arena of negotiation.
Humour is 'THE SHORTEST DISTANCE BETWEEN PEOPLE'