“If you find a saint who has no sense of humor, then he is no saint at all.” – Osho
“It is the ability to take a joke, not make one, that proves you have a sense of humor.”- Max Eastman
Life’s a complicated journey, and a sense of humor is definitely your best armour to get through the tough times. Having a good sense of humor helps you see the brighter side of life and move forward despite setbacks. But what if, you really cannot, or do not know how to see the lighter side of life’s happenings? Do you frequently get told to “not take life so seriously,” or to “hang easy”?
In many ways, working on your sense of humor will offer you great lessons in resilience. It helps you wade through some unexpected misfortunes and take life in your stride.
Can you improve your sense of humor?
Some people are born with an innate sense of humor. Most often, these are people who have been fortunate enough to be surrounded by people who have a humorous disposition. However, if you are not one of them, you may find it difficult to take to humor easily, or to laugh at yourself. Moreover, if humor takes a backseat in your life, it can isolate you socially.
The good news is: a sense of humor needn’t necessarily mean your capacity to be funny. On the contrary, it is your ability to see the goodness in everything. It is much like an attitude that can be consciously developed and practised.
And, how can you do it?
- Be yourself, accept your life and what is around you
It may sound difficult, but accepting yourself is the basis of all good things in life. Self acceptance and being at peace with yourself is the foundation of a happy disposition.
- Learn to laugh at yourself
Laughing at yourself is a liberating exercise, and will boost your inner strength.
- Stay Positive
“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” The proverb speaks for the attitude that can help you exhibit a sense of humor. Seeing the other side of a difficult situation can help ease stress, and bring to light the potential opportunities that lie in the situation.
- Practice forgiveness and compassion
Forgiving is a tough act, but offering forgiveness to someone is the best gift you can offer yourself! Forgiveness takes the burden off your chest and makes you feel lighter and happier.
In many ways, the essence of practising a sense of humor boils down to one- staying happy and stress-free. To get customized assistance on developing a sense of humor, and creating laughter in your life, attend our workshops. Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Share your thoughts and comments below; we would love to hear from you!