I was a motivational keynote speaker at a recent financial services corporate event where in the middle of my motivational speech a delegate commented that if we don't take our work seriously others won't take us seriously.
There is some truth to this. If you inappropriately laugh about serious work issues people will write you off as an amoral slacker. Giving off an ora of playful non chalant goofiness makes people wonder if you aren't competent to do the job. Also an annoying, graty overly loud laugh will be met with uneasy glares. Other than this, most people would welcome a more cheerful, happy -go- lucky colleague.
Consider that most people don't laugh enough.. children laugh upwards of 400 times a day while adults laugh an average of 15 to 20 times. An HR consultant /speaker for the financial services professionals suggested that it is very very rare for someone to lose their job for being too goofy, silly or funny.
Check out the Health and Wellness Benefits of Laughing.
Laughter helps to ease uncomfortable social situations. When nervous, people often laugh naturally because we are built to laugh to decrease stress. Playfulness and levity are spontaneous and not conditional and based on performance.
It is easy to get sucked into the whirl of negative information, thoughts and threats of the future. The joy of laughing reminds us we have a choice to remain positive and spread enthusiasm instead of doom and gloom.