30 Benefits Of Comedy – Knowledge Is Power, Find Out Why You Need Comedy

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After a long, tiring day, everyone wants to relax and forget their worries. Either they go to the nearest Stage comedy club or watch movie in the cinema, they want to relax and get entertained. One can say without any doubt that laughing brings comfort and relaxation to our body and mind.

So with that in mind, here are 30 benefits of comedy/Humor backed by research, case studies, and real-world examples.

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1) Humor gets people to listen. “Consistent use of appropriate humor makes people want to read and hear what you say.”1

2) Humor increases long-term memory retention. “Instructional messages that gain students’ attention and help them make sense of course content (clarity behaviors) enhance students’ ability to process the content resulting in greater retention and learning.”2

3) Humor increases persuasion. “Humor can be highly persuasive when presenting a message that people disagree with because the humor distracts them from immediately creating counter arguments, in part because they don’t feel like the message is being crammed down their throats.”3

4) Humor aids in learning. “The use of humor as a pedagogical tool has been shown to reduce classroom anxiety, create a more positive atmosphere, as well as facilitate the learning process.”4
Humor increases the likability of the speaker. “An appropriate use of humor will produce a favorable attitude toward the speaker.”5

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6) Humor connects us with others. “Positive sounds such as laughter or a triumphant ‘woo hoo!’ can trigger a response in the listener’s brain. The response is automatic and helps us interact socially by priming us to smile or laugh, and thereby connecting us with the other person.”6

7) Humor reduces status differentials. “Humor can help to reduce the social distance between managers and employees.”7

8) Humor diffuses conflict. “Humor has long been seen as the great equalizer—a means to facilitate conversation and bridge differences. As a matter of fact humor has been identified as a key factor in peace-building and international mediation.”8

9) Humor builds trust. “Social benefits of humor include group cohesiveness, reduction of status differentials, diffusion of conflict, team and trust building among diverse groups.”9

10) Humor encourages people to work together. “A growing body of research shows that when you share a laugh with someone, you’re mirroring not only one another’s body language, but also the hormonal and neuronal activity, prompting a mutual investment in each other’s well-being.”10


11) Humor boosts overall brainpower. “A dose of humor releases the chemical serotonin in your brain, which improves focus, increases objectivity and improves overall brainpower.”11

12) Humor improves decision-making. “Positive moods prompt more flexible decision-making and wider search behavior and greater analytic precision.”12

13) Humor increases the acceptance of new ideas. “Unconventional interactions can lower the barrier for people to posit novel things.”13

14) Humor triggers new connections. “Humor stimulates the right hemisphere of the brain, which, in turn, sets off divergent, creative thinking which allows individuals to see broader applications, novel connections, and otherwise elusive relationships.”9

15) Humor enhances ones ability to solve problems. “Studies have shown that simply watching comedy films can improve creative problem solving skills.”14

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16) Humor provides motivation. “The use of humor in organizations has been associated with improving morale among workers, creating a more positive organizational culture, … and increasing motivation.”15

17) Humor reduces absenteeism. “Humor is associated with enhanced work performance, satisfaction, workgroup cohesion, health, and coping effectiveness, as well as decreased burnout, stress, and work withdrawal.”16

18) Humor prevents long-term burnout. “Humor in the workplace has been shown to reduce absenteeism, increase company loyalty, prevent burnout and increase productivity.”17

19) Humor increases employee engagement. “Managers who lead with levity benefit from higher levels of employee engagement and overall success.”18

20) Humor improves productivity. “In one study of more than 2,500 employees, 81 percent said they believe a fun working environment would make them more productive.”19

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21) Humor reduces stress. “People with a sense of humor report less stress and anxiety than those with a low sense of humor, despite experiencing the same number of problems at work.”20

22) Humor strengthens the immune system. “Laughter may improve immune function by blocking production of stress hormones, such as cortisol, and by increasing the release of immunoenhancers, such as beta-endorphin.”21

23) Humor relaxes muscles. “Humor relaxes muscles, decreases blood pressure and improves our immune system.”22

24) Humor burns calories. “Laughing 100 times can burn as many calories as 10-minutes on a stationary bicycle.”23

25) Humor increases happiness. “Humor was one of the healthiest adaptations to being happy in life.”24

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26) Humor enhances perceived leadership skills. “People who use humor, particularly in stressful or seemingly one-down positions, are viewed as being on top of things, being in charge and in control, whether they are in fact or not.”25

27) Humor creates more opportunities. “Research has shown that managers displaying a good sense of humor are given more opportunities in organizations than those without a sense of humor.”9

28) Humor builds credibility. “Humor users are seen as more credible and as more competent.”26

29) Humor increases size of paycheck. “The size of their bonuses correlated positively with their use of humor – ‘In other words, the funnier the executives were, the bigger the bonuses.’”27

30) Humor increases profit. “Organization humor has been linked with successful leadership, with increases in profit and work compliance, with a successful business culture, with message and goal clarity in managerial presentations, with improvement in group problem- solving, and with reducing emotional stress due to threats and role conflict at work.”28

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