TED Talk: Why We Laugh


If we can laugh together, we can do anything! In this TED Talk, cognitive neuroscientist Sophie Scott explores the science of laughter, including its importance in maintaining social bonds and boosting mood. Use this fun and interesting video to explore some important leadership principles.

What You’ll Learn

After completing the work on this page, you will be able to:

  • Recall that laughter is a form of communication that improves understanding, agreement, and trust amongst people
  • Know that laughter can help you manage stress
  • Recognize the difference between real and posed laughter and how each influences social relationships differently
  • Use laughter advantageously in your workplace

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Dig Deeper

After watching the video, reflect on the following questions. Jot down your thoughts. Consider sharing this video with a colleague or a work group for an insightful discussion.

  1. How does laughter improve understanding, agreement, and trust amongst people?
  2. Feeling stressed? Take a laughter break. Assess your stress levels after laughing.
  3. Consider humorous social interactions that you have with others. Is your laughter more often voluntary or involuntary? How can you bolster your involuntary laughter to deepen connections with others?
  4. Bring laughter to your workplace. What benefits do you observe?

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