The Encourager

The Benefits of Laughter

Good leaders don't take themselves too seriously. They know how to laugh and are willing to laugh at themselves.

Good leaders don't take themselves too seriously. They know how to laugh and are willing to laugh at themselves.  Since they have a firm grip on who they are and what they are about, they aren't threatened by the understanding that others are keenly aware of their goofs and have probably had a laugh or two at their expense.
"Humor is to life what shock absorbers
are to automobiles."
- Stan Toler
Good leaders know that a bit of humor or even silliness can break the bondage of prolonged seriousness.  A carefully chosen, well-placed joke or humorous story can instantly reverse the negative mood of a meeting.  Humor is also effective in breaking down the walls between leadership and the team.  A shared joke with those you work with may not only calm a tense situation, it can create rapport and cultivate trust.  When the leader laughs,  the team shares a sense of relief.
Nobody trusts a leader who doesn't know how to laugh.  Lincoln had a sharp wit.  Kennedy kidded with the press.  The greatest leaders are content with themselves and are able to smile.
"A merry heart doeth good like a medicine."
Proverbs 17:22
May the Lord bless you and keep you and cause His face to shine upon you.



Dwaine E. Lee
Global Action

Global Action - Making a Difference

This post is from The Encourager, a series of over 100 emails from Global Action's founder, Dwaine Lee, originally sent between 2005-2010. Dwaine Lee passed away in 2021, but we believe the words of encouragement are still relevant today. The email above was first sent in April 2006. 


What does a nosey pepper do?

It gets jalapeño business.

What’s the difference between a hippo and a zippo?

One is really heavy and the other's a little lighter.

Did you hear about the cheese factory that exploded in France?

There was nothing left but de Brie.

“I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it's the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It's probably the most important thing in a person.”

“I have seen what a laugh can do. It can transform almost unbearable tears into something bearable, even hopeful.”

“Laugh as much as possible, always laugh. It's the sweetest thing one can do for oneself & one's fellow human beings.”


In this fun and inspiring talk, Paul Osincup talks about his idea for using laughter to building stronger leaders. Paul's experience as a stand up comic fuels his commitment to using positivity and humor to galvanize groups and ignite individual ambition.  Watch here


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