After now running an “escape room” business for just over a year, we were thinking about why people enjoy these types of activities so much. It can’t just be the tension of trying to “escape” from a locked room, because (spoiler alert)… in our three different rooms at Quandary, you are not locked in any of the rooms. Yes, there is certainly positive stress created from having to accomplish a mission or achieve a goal within the time constraint of an hour (or for those who reserve two rooms, playing against another “team”).

One of the things that almost all people do when they play – and sometimes before and after – is laugh. Let’s face it, people enjoy sharing a laugh. When something is funny, it tends to be even funnier when others around you experience it. Because laughter is contagious, the effects are multiplied. Even if something does not necessarily tickle your funny bone, often you find yourself laughing anyway, simply because you are entertained by the laughter of those around you.

There is a Swedish proverb that explains this phenomenon succinctly: “Shared joy is a double joy; shared sorrow is half a sorrow.”

An article I came across, Laughter Is The Best Medicine, listed a variety of benefits which laughter provides – physically, mentally and socially:

Physical health benefits of laughter:

  • Boosts immunity
  • Lowers stress hormones
  • Decreases pain
  • Relaxes your muscles
  • Prevents heart disease

Mental health benefits of laughter:

  • Adds joy and zest to life
  • Eases anxiety and tension
  • Relieves stress
  • Improves mood
  • Strengthens resilience

Social benefits of laughter:

  • Strengthens relationships
  • Attracts others to us
  • Enhances teamwork
  • Helps defuse conflict
  • Promotes group bonding

Book your room at Quandary: An Escape Room Experience, and get your laugh on.

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