Could fun in the workplace be the solution to the burnout and well-being crisis? The answer might be yes, at least according to a recently published review of the scientific literature on fun and health. Having fun can mean many things but is most frequently associated with playfulness and humour and is associated with various psychological health benefits.

Engaging in enjoyable, playful activities has been linked to greater life satisfaction, physical health and subjective well-being and lower stress while humour has been shown to boost self-esteem and the immune system and reduce negative emotions.

Similarly, incorporating fun during physical activities proves to be an effective way to motivate and encourage exercise among people of all ages. In the workplace, fun typically refers to different kinds of events, activities and experiences that cause workers to feel positive emotions, like pleasure, enjoyment and amusement and can be categorized as organic, managed or task fun. Employers have the most direct control over managed fun, the fun activities arranged by the organization with games being the most dominant type of managed fun.

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