Laughter is the Best (Christmas) Medicine

It’s such a crazy time of year. Getting organised at work and home before a much anticipated break can be stressful.

Yesterday I was enjoying an end-of-year toast with a girlfriend, before we head away for our Christmas holiday.

We always end up in fits of laughter over the silliest things and I was reminded of what a powerful tonic having a good laugh can be – particularly at times when emotions and stress levels are at boiling point.

Leadership can be a serious game – it’s easy to forget how to just let go…and laugh.

Watching this clip this morning (instead of doing paperwork :/) reminded me of how having fun (and in this case, being silly) is as important as being serious.

Take a couple of minutes to watch it and see if it tickles your funny bone. Or, if it doesn’t, find something that makes you laugh and see how much better you feel. Especially in comparison to doing paperwork anyway!

1 Comment

  1. Cranston Holden on December 23, 2013 at 2:19 am

    I think baby goats may be one of my all time favorite things.

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Suzi McAlpine is a Leadership Development Specialist and author of the award-winning leadership blog, The Leader’s Digest. She writes and teaches about accomplished leadership, what magic emerges when it’s present, and how to ignite better leadership in individuals, teams and organisations. Suzi has been a leader and senior executive herself, working alongside CEOs and executive teams in a variety of roles. Her experience has included being a head-hunter, an executive coach, and a practice leader for a division at the world’s largest HR consulting firm. Suzi provides a range of services as a Leadership Development Specialist, including executive coaching, leadership workshops and development programmes for CEOs, leadership teams and organisations throughout New Zealand.

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