The Journal of Primary Prevention

, Volume 28, Issue 2, pp 167–182 | Cite as

Effect of Workplace Laughter Groups on Personal Efficacy Beliefs

  • Heidi BeckmanEmail author
  • Nathan Regier
  • Judy Young
Report from the Field

This study measured the impact of a purposeful aerobic laughter intervention on employees’ sense of self-efficacy in the workplace. Participants were 33 employees of a behavioral health center. They met for 15-minute sessions on 15 consecutive workdays and engaged in a guided program of non-humor dependent laughter. The primary outcome measure was the Capabilities Awareness Profile, a self-report self-efficacy questionnaire. Employees demonstrated a significant increase in several different aspects of self-efficacy, including self-regulation, optimism, positive emotions, and social identification, and they maintained these gains at follow-up. Purposeful laughter is a realistic, sustainable, and generalizable intervention that enhances employees’ morale, resilience, and personal efficacy beliefs.


laughter workplace wellness self-efficacy 



The authors would like to thank Michele Ediger for assistance with data collection and management, Ivan Williams, MBA for assistance with statistical analysis, and Shari Roth, B.A. for assistance with both data management and statistical analysis.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.UWHC-Health PsychologyMadisonUSA
  2. 2.Prairie View, Inc.NewtonUSA
  3. 3.Laughter LinksWichitaUSA
  4. 4.Health Psychology DepartmentUniversity of Wisconsin Hospital and ClinicsMadisonUSA

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