Guest Post By Serena Grant of Katies Cards.
Becoming funnier isn’t necessarily a straightforward process. Some people have a natural sense of humor, while others have to work harder at it. While it can be frustrating to feel like you’re being left out of a joke, it’s important to not try to force yourself into telling jokes if you don’t feel comfortable. Some of the best ways in which you can become funnier include starting to adjust your perspective on day to day life, while working on knowing when humor’s appropriate to specific situations. In addition, it’s worth looking around you for inspiration, while finding a style of humor that you are comfortable with.
1 – Adjust Your Perspective
This is one of the hardest things to do, especially if you tend to think negatively about accidents or dangers. Try to look for the funny side in situations, even if they seem grim. Think about how you would react if what was happening to you was happening to someone else? Having this perspective will make you more reflective and self deprecating to others.
2 – Develop Running Jokes
Having a few running jokes is a good way to work on the same material, even if it’s only a passing comment or a story that’s been heard before by friends. If something works, keep at it, but don’t overdo it, as this will bore and likely annoy people.
3 – Learn When Humor’s Appropriate
Knowing what humour is right for different situations is a difficult thing to perfect, and it can be tempting to make jokes, even though you know that it’s a bit of a risk. Be selective about when you tell jokes, and know when people aren’t in the mood for it. Someone trying too hard is ultimately not going to be very funny.
4 – Look for Inspiration
There are many places that you can look to work out what’s funny, and what kind of jokes you can make your own. Standup comedians, funny cards, films and even Facebook posts can work well to inspire you and develop your own unique sense of humour.
5 – Keep Up to Date with the News
Try to keep up to date with current affairs, and make sure that you’re not lost when someone’s making a topical joke. Keeping attuned to popular culture and particular comedians is also important to making your comedy relevant.
6 – Don’t Feel Uncomfortable
Find a comedy style that you’re comfortable with, and that doesn’t feel too forced. You don’t want to find yourself being expected to make jokes that you find unpleasant. Finding the right style of comedy will make it easier to be more spontaneous, and a better joke or story teller.
7 – Give It Time
It might take a long time to make yourself funnier. Don’t rush into making lots of jokes if you haven’t done so in the past. A few one liners, or jokes at a party or a night out can be a good start.
8 – Watch Others
Observe others and the kind of jokes they tell. Friends that are already good at telling jokes can be useful to watch in terms of their body language, as well as how they choose and time their jokes for different situations.
About the Author
Serena is an arts and crafts fanatic, enjoying designing greetings cards. She collaborates with Katies Cards, top online outlet of ecards.