Want in on the joke? Check out some tips to help you develop a sense of humor.
- Step 1: In a stressful situation? Don't be afraid to be a little silly when appropriate. Breaking the tension with a well-timed joke or gag is a hallmark of a good sense of humor.
- Step 2: Make a point of looking for something amusing every day, every time you laugh, and you'll build your sense of humor.
- FACT: In 2008, George Carlin became the first comedian to be awarded The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor posthumously.
- Step 3: Revisit some of your life's most embarrassing moments. Then, strive to find the comedy in them -- the more you can laugh at yourself, the better your sense of humor will be.
- TIP: Be aware of your timing; even the funniest jokes can fall flat if told at the wrong moment.
- Step 4: Look for situations when something or someone seems out of place or moments when the unexpected happens.
- TIP: Look for incongruity and irony in television, film, and books to make them easier to find in your life.
- Step 5: Don’t take things too seriously. To have a sense of humor, look at situations from an outsider’s point of view; it will help you distance yourself emotionally and find the inherent comedy, even in something unpleasant.
- Step 6: Start simply -- make a point of smiling regularly, which will make you feel comfortable and more likely to find humor in situations.