Laughter is a sophisticated form of right-brain intelligence that is important in building deep relationships. Laughter conveys empathy and is contagious. It stops us from our left-brain thinking as we happily begin to lower our walls. It provides something the left-brain cannot; greater engagement and collaboration.
Stressful situations cause our brain to release an anxiety producing hormone called cortisol. In contrast, laughing leases endorphins which creates an opiate “high.” This is referred to as societal glue. Laughter reduces stress. The endorphins released also lower blood pressure and boost mood.
Our brain’s open loop limbic system is influenced by the emotional connection we have with others. We ‘catch’ the feelings or mood of the others in the group. Positive emotions spread like a virus. Smiles and laughter create a positive chain reaction. They send a message to our unconscious mind that causes us to lower our walls, establishes trust and cements relationships.
Our brains respond to the positive resonant energy and moods of others faster than negative dissonant energy and moods. Laughter instantly locks our brains emotionally intelligent limbic systems together engaging hearts and minds while inspiring trust and higher levels of engagement. Laughter is the most direct way of establishing emotional brain-to-brain communications and trust with others. It creates a limbic system lock.
Trust and reputation are the currency of the new “trust economy”. The foundation of trust comes from the willingness to sacrifice for one another. We refer to these individuals as “leaders” because they are willing to risk moving out of their comfort zone. Our survival depends upon our ability to surround ourselves with people that believe what we believe. When we