How to be funny

How to be funny
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Being genuinely humorous and encouraging people to share a laugh together can help make you popular and successful. Humor helps you experience the lighter side of life, bringing happiness to everyone you meet, and it’s been recognized as an important part of getting a job.

Learn a little about what makes you laugh. Laughter itself is unconscious. While it is possible for us to keep ourselves from laughing (not always successfully), it is very hard for us to produce laughter on demand, and doing so will usually seem “forced.”

Learn to laugh in boring or unfunny circumstances. It’s good to know that the less funny a place is, the easier it becomes to add the element of humorous surprise.

Learn to appreciate witty wordplay and puns. A lot of the time, comedy comes from linguistic confusion (unintentional) or linguistic playfulness (intentional). We sometimes find things humorous when there’s a gap between our words and our meanings.

Appreciate irony. There’s perhaps nothing in comedy more widely cited but more thoroughly misunderstood than irony. Irony occurs when there is a gap between our expectations of a statement, situation, or image and the actual experience of it.

Trust in your inner sense of humor. Being funny doesn’t come in a “one-size-fits-all” package. What makes you funny is unique to you and the way you observe the world. Trust that you do have a funny bone; as babies we laugh from 4 months of age, and all children express humor naturally from kindergarten age, using humor to entertain themselves and others.