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19 Ways to Enhance Your Sense of Humor
What is the greatest reward of being alive? Is it chocolate, sex, ice cream, tropical vacations, hugs from children, a perfect night’s sleep, or the satisfaction of a job well done? A thousand people, a thousand different answers. But one supreme pleasure that spans all people is

Little can compare to the feeling of a deep, complete, heartfelt laughing spell. No matter your age, wealth, race, or living situation, life is good when laughter is frequent.

Life is also healthier. Research finds that humor can help you cope better with pain, enhance your immune system, reduce stress, even help you live longer. Laughter, doctors and psychologists agree, is an essential component of a healthy, happy life.

As Mark Twain once said, “Studying humor is like dissecting a frog — you may know a lot but you end up with a dead frog.” Nonetheless, we’re giving it a try. Here are 19 tips for getting — or growing — your sense of humor, based partly on the idea that you can’t be funny if you don’t understand what funny is.

1. First, regain your smile. A smile and a laugh aren’t the same thing, but they do live in the same neighborhood. Be sure to smile at simple pleasures — the sight of kids playing, a loved one or friend approaching, the successful completion of a task, the witnessing of something amazing or humorous. Smiles indicate that stress and the weight of the world haven’t overcome you. If your day isn’t marked by at least a few dozen, then you need to explore whether you are depressed or overly stressed.

2. Treat yourself to a comedy festival. Rent movies like Meet the Parents; Young Frankenstein; Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure; Monty Python and the Holy Grail; This Is Spinal Tap; Animal House; Blazing Saddles; Trading Places; Finding Nemo. Reward yourself frequently with the gift of laughter, Hollywood style.

3. Recall several of the most embarrassing moments in your life. Then find the humor in them. Now practice telling stories describing them in a humorous way. It might take a little exaggeration or dramatization, but that’s what good storytelling is all about. By revealing your vulnerable moments and being self-deprecating, you open yourself up much more to the humorous aspects of life.

Plus: 5 Ways Love Makes You Smarter

4. Anytime something annoying and frustrating occurs, turn it on its head and find the humor. Sure, you can be angry at getting splashed with mud, stepping in dog poop, or inadvertently throwing a red towel in with the white laundry. In fact, that is probably the most normal response. But it doesn’t accomplish anything other than to put you in a sour mood. Better to find a way to laugh at life’s little annoyances. One way to do that: Think about it as if it happened to someone else, someone you like — or maybe someone you don’t. In fact, keep running through the Rolodex in your head until you find the best person you can think of to put in your current predicament. Laugh at him, then laugh at yourself!

5. Read the comics every day and cut out the ones that remind you of your life. Post them on a bulletin board or the refrigerator or anywhere else you can see them frequently.

6. Sort through family photographs and write funny captions or one-liners to go with your favorites. When you need a pick-me-up, pull out the album.

7. Every night at dinner, make family members share one funny or even embarrassing moment of their day.

8. When a person offends you or makes you angry, respond with humor rather than hostility. For instance, if someone is always late, say, “Well, I’m glad you’re not running an airline.” Life is too short to turn every personal affront into a battle. However, if you are constantly offended by someone in particular, yes, take it seriously and take appropriate action. But for occasional troubles, or if nothing you do can change the person or situation, take the humor response.

9. Check out the Top 10 list archive from David Letterman. You can find it at

10. Spend 15 minutes a day having a giggling session. Here’s how you do it: You and another person (partner, kid, friend, etc.) lie on the floor with your head on her stomach, and her head on another person’s stomach and so on (the more people the better). The first person says, “Ha.” The next person says, “Ha-ha.” The third person says, “Ha-ha-ha.” And so on. We guarantee you’ll be laughing in no time.

11. Read the activity listings page in the newspaper and choose some laugh-inducing events to attend. It could be the circus, a movie, a stand-up comic, or a funny play. Sometimes it takes a professional to get you to regain your sense of humor.

12. Add an item to your daily to-do list: Find something humorous. Don’t mark it off until you do it, suggests Jeanne Robertson, a humor expert and author of several books on the topic.

13. When you run into friends or coworkers, ask them to tell you one funny thing that has happened to them in the past couple of weeks. Become known as a person who wants to hear humorous true stories as opposed to an individual who prefers to hear gossip, suggests Robertson.

14. Find a humor buddy. This is someone you can call just to tell him something funny; someone who will also call you with funny stories of things he’s seen or experienced, says Robertson.

Download the free Jokes & Funny True Stories iPhone app.

15. Exaggerate and overstate problems. Making the situation bigger than life can help us to regain a humorous perspective, says Patty Wooten, R.N., an award-winning humorist and author of Compassionate Laughter: Jest for the Health of It. Cartoon caricatures, slapstick comedy, and clowning articles are all based on exaggeration, she notes.

16. Develop a silly routine to break a dark mood. It could be something as silly as speaking with a Swedish accent (unless you are Swedish, of course).

17. Create a humor environment. Have a ha-ha bulletin board where you only post funny sayings or signs, suggests Allen Klein, an award-winning professional speaker and author of The Healing Power of Humor. His favorite funny sign: “Never wrestle with a pig. You both get dirty, and the pig likes it.”

18. Experiment with jokes. Learn one simple joke each week and spread it around. One of Klein’s favorites relates to his baldness: “What do you call a line of rabbits walking backward? A receding hare line.”

19. Focus humor on yourself. “Because of my lack of hair,” Klein says, “I tell people that I’m a former expert on how to cure baldness.”

Source: 2 years ago


Top 7 ways to regain your Sense of Humor
Posted by F.D.

Folks who lack a sense of humor have a lot of bottled up emotions and social insecurities much of which they aren’t even aware about. Life is very amusing if you look closely but I often find myself being the only one laughing at its various scenes. It seems as though people, through hardship, become subdued. They then walk around and actually believe and feel that life is serious.. But seen in a larger, more universal context, life is not serious at all.

Sometimes, when I meet someone who shows not even the slightest sense of humor I suspect they have something to hide, I suspect they are frauds. Why else would they be so tense? Here are top ten ways to regain your sense of humor in case it has gone lost.

1. Get a series of intense massages to loosen up

It may come as a surprise to some but one thing you can do to regain your sense of humor is to relax deeply. Unwind and go get a massage or something. Some massages release so much tension that you feel light and in a smiling mood for hours thereafter

2. Get into conversation flow with a circle of friends

Sometimes you meet up with a circle of friends and not much seems to be happening. Then there are those days where you are sitting together at the table and your whole table is having one laugh after another, making other tables look over to yours in wonderment. Everyone feels giddy and “in the flow” with the group. This usually happens when people have given up their own self-importance, have given up trying to look good and are just chiming in and going with the flow, going wherever the conversation happens to be going. The group talk then becomes like some kind of comedic brainstorming in which all participants feel elated and high while being together and afterwards.

3. Watch good comedy

It can take awhile before you find comedy that really suits your character and the overall mood of your life phase. But once you find the comedian, stand-up-act or tv-series that will make you laugh you have a certain way to regain your hearty laughter.

4. Process suppressed Emotions

One of the best ways to regain long-term sense of humor (which does not always express itself as laughter but can also simply be a warm-hearted or light-hearted mood) is with emotional processing. Get all the emotional processing tools you can get your hands on and release those fixed traumas, shocks, resignations. See The Bliss Course.

5. Change your Physiology

The way you move your legs, arms, body and facial muscles can make a difference between a low state and a high state. Deliberately smiling, even if you dont feel like it, will positively effect your state. Try it. Smile. And smile some more until you actually feel the positive change. Now quit slumping your shoulders. Take in a straight position, put out your chest a little. You will feel better now. Now try to move funnily or akwardly and you will feel some of that humor-vibe arise.

6. Break Routine

Break your thinking, speaking and acting routines. If your spouse is used to you getting up and taking a shower, instead get up and make them breakfast. If you are used to talking about how great and important you are, talk about the most embarrassing moments of your life (this will create a lot of humor!). Breaking routines frees you from fixed and rigid emotions, freeing you up for the unexpected, the surprising and the spontaneous…all of which facilitate humor. Humor cannot be faked because it is spontaneous. Its real.

7. See life through a funny filter

Intend to go about your daily life with a funny filter by looking for funny things, by trying to see mundane things through an amused point of view, by asking people what funny things occurred or happened to them today, by observing people and their behavior in a little more detached sort of way. If you have any more ways of regaining a sense of humor, feel free to post them in the comments section below!

“Never stay up on the barren heights of cleverness, but come down into the green valleys of silliness”.

- Ludwig Wittgenstein

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