Are you a victim of "He who laughs last didn't get the joke"? While sometimes we need an extra few seconds to figure out what's so funny, standing there with a puzzled look on your face while everyone else is laughing can be rather awkward. Here's how to join the fun without sounding like a fake!
- Find those things that always make you laugh, whether it's a television program, hilarious movie moments, comic books, or a funny story. Observe your laughter during these times. Do you have a deep, loud laugh? A quiet one, followed by a gasp for air? Do you clutch your stomach? Close your eyes? Throw your head back?
- Practice remembering those things during times when they are not present. Recount the time you fell flat on your face in front of someone you liked, and let yourself laugh at the situation, even while you're preparing breakfast or taking a shower. Recognize your natural laugh shining through.
- Pay attention to your surroundings so you can judge when it is appropriate to laugh. When people are jovial and smiling, it's probably a good time to laugh. But when people are being serious or somber, it's not a good idea. If you see everyone else laughing, join the party and start laughing yourself! Even if you don't know exactly why you're laughing, you can call on whatever you thought of in Step 1 and feel like part of the crowd.
- Relax!Be cool with yourself. Make sure you aren't trying too hard or forcing yourself to laugh. You'll end up trying to pinpoint the exact time to start laughing, and that will distract you from the actual joke. Laughing on cue will help you feel comfortable until you actually get the joke. But if you end up spending the whole time just pretending to have fun, you'll never end up actually having a good time!
- Laugh about how you didn't laugh on time. Make a funny story out of it, telling your friends how you didn't understand the joke. Making fun of yourself in good nature is one of the best ways to have a great laugh. But remember, have fun!
- Search online for jokes or funny stories. These will improve your sense of humor and will allow you to read it several times if you don't get the joke at first.
- Don't think of the same stories too often or you will get tired of them and they won't seem as funny anymore. Try to keep a few stories on hand so if one doesn't work you can always use the next one in line.
- If all else fails, try to NOT laugh. This may generate laughs by trying to force yourself to not laugh.
- If you have someone in your group of friends that usually makes most of the jokes try to understand his style of humor and relate it to yours so that it will be even more easy to laugh.
- Don't laugh at everything, especially the things that aren't funny. This can make you seem non-serious and unprofessional.
- If you do laugh a lot at the wrong time then that's really bad because your friends and people around you will start to think you're weird, or dumb, or you maybe have something wrong with you. Pick your times carefully when to laugh.
- Try not to laugh when you have food in your mouth, or it can result to choking and you could possibly die.
- Only commit to step 5 if you have good friends around, and don't do it twice around the same person.
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