Life is full of challenges. Learning to look at the lighter side of any circumstance can help you in so many ways. One can never underestimate the importance of developing a good sense of humor. It can enable you to:

  • Move past difficult situations.
  • Make new friends and acquaintances.
  • Bond with and get other people to like you.
  • Lighten up a heavy mood.
  • Deliver dull or dry information with extra oomph and authority.
  • Generally have a more optimistic outlook.
  • Trigger positive physical and emotional changes in the body (laughter is the best medicine after all).

So, working on your sense of humor is critical for living your best life. Here a few ways that you can futher your sense of humor to take advantage of its many benefits:

  1. When something bad happens, search for the joke in the situation. Think of yourself as a detective uncovering the punch line. Did something ironic or silly just happen? When you laugh at what feels horrible in the moment, it becomes less dire. Start digging- I’m sure that you’ll eventually find it.
  2. Follow someone humorous on social media. You’ll get more laughs by simply scrolling through your content, and will also be able to pass those jokes on to others. I like to follow Barbara Corcoran for this reason. She always has something humorous to say. I also find a lot of laughs in the posts and videos of random strangers. Look out for humor. It’s all around you.
  3. Start sharing a joke of the day with your partner. Try to outdo each other to come up with the one that is the most humorous. One of the things that I enjoy most in a relationship is some humorous banter. Begin joking around with your partner more. You’ll become more likeable in the process, and your bond will deepen too.
  4. Start hanging out with funny people. They’ll get you laughing and improve your sense of humor as well. Look for the ones who are always cackling by the veggie platters at parties- they are just the right sort of friends to bring into your circle.
  5. Stop taking yourself so seriously by learning to laugh at yourself. I love to poke fun at myself and do so often. You should too!

As Ella Wheeler Wilcox said, “Laugh, and the world laughs with you; weep and you weep alone.” People love to be around those who have a good sense of humor so keep working on yours and you’ll draw many others to your circle while improving your life.