Having fun boosts performance

I have always stated that humor is a key success factor of success. There is now more and more scientific evidence confirming this observation.

A 2010 study (Download Here) demonstrates that « Subjects in the positive-mood condition performed better than subjects in the neutral- or negative-mood conditions in classifying stimuli from rule-described categories ». For the sake of clarification “subjects” refers to… human beings.

Since people perform better when they are in a good mood they should do what it takes to be in a good mood. Having fun and laughing are guaranteed to do the job. The thousands of people who have attended my training sessions know that the funny videos I use to anchor concepts are not just entertaining but help remember those concepts.

If this was not enough Michael Miller at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, has shown that laughing reduces the risk of heart disease (http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/11/001116080726.htm). This means that participants attending training sessions filled with humor and fun are actually going through a lifesaving-experience…

As suggested in another interesting post in French (http://www.internetactu.net/2011/02/07/comment-lemotion-stimule-notre-creativite/) organizations should encourage their employees to have fun at the workplace. It will boost performance.

Those who do want to boost their own performance with a daily share of selected humor can subscribe to my joke distribution-list at www.supercohen.com. It is free of charge, without malware and unsubscribing is as easy as subscribing. Since I run this email distribution list for my own pleasure, to stimulate my creativity and to reduce my own risk of heart disease there is no commercial objective behind it (no risk of spam). To get a feel, here are two examples of videos recommended by www.supercohen.com