Fun fact 2: Want more trust in your team? It might be a laughing matter.

Sharing a laugh improves team dynamics more than any other behaviour. Studies show that sharing an amusing moment immediately before performing a task, improves performance of that task when it is done by a team. This dynamic is called ‘elegant social coordination’. It’s a powerful tool that can be used in any business or organisation.

Here’s an example of elegant social coordination put to use. Researchers asked a pair of strangers to perform a task involving cards. They had to work together to complete the task. Some pairs were simply given their tasks. Some were prompted to laugh together before starting. The study showed that strangers sharing a positive emotional moment beforehand, worked better together to finish the task.


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Think about how this small fact might be applied in your workplace. Shared dynamics like laughter can improve team focus and coordination – so it makes sense to laugh more often.

About the author of this fun fact:

Eleanor Shakiba is a positive psychology trainer. She teaches smart professionals to build positive thinking, communication and leadership habits. Eleanor is the author of the Positive Psychology Toolkit for HR and L&D practitioners. She is an expert in experiential training and delivers dynamic and engaging training for corporate clients.