How to develop a sense of humour


According to research, people struggle with being funny and having a sense of humour. It comes so naturally to some other people but it can be harder than it is. 

There’s no way to get funnier overnight but to increase and develop your sense of humour, this article will contain 10 tips to help you do that.

1. Change your vocal tone

Talking in a way that can amuse people or make people laugh has a lot to do with your tone. If you’re trying to develop a good sense of humour you can’t talk in a neutral tone, it’ll be hard for people to understand if you’re just joking or you’re serious.

By changing your vocal tone you can let them know that you meant whatever you’re saying as a joke. Talking funnily can make you sound funnier and entertain others.

 2. Maintain a positive attitude

Having a positive attitude will help you have a balance between the jokes that you say. People understand in very different ways and sometimes we say jokes that may hurt others. Maintaining a positive attitude while developing your sense of humour will help the listeners to understand that you mean no harm and that it was a pure joke.

3. Make it simple and understandable 

If you’re looking to develop your sense of humour, starting with complex jokes isn’t too advisable, make your jokes simple, relatable and understandable.

If they don’t understand it they won’t laugh at it. Simple jokes are one of the funniest ones, try simplicity first. It’s also important to note that you shouldn’t force a joke to get funny, if they don’t get it simply change the topic.

4. Try out jokes on others if you can

Developing a sense of humour will be easier if you have people around listening to your jokes and seeing your humorous expressions without judging you. 

Everyone has a sense of humour, some are just finding it hard to show theirs, you know those funny things you do when you’re alone? You can also try it with friends and family, if you make them laugh then it’s easier to make others laugh as well.

5. Maximize the use of exaggeration

Exaggeration and jokes go hand in hand, not extreme exaggerations though, they are harder to believe. When you’re trying to make someone laugh, you can try exaggerating what they might be imagining. Using exaggeration alongside your funny tone will send them a message that you’re trying to humour them and they’ll laugh as soon as they get the message.

6. Watch comedy shows

This is a proven way to develop your sense of humour, you can pick jokes and styles from those comedy shows and programs that can help you be funny consciously and unconsciously. Because you’re constantly watching funny videos and listening to jokes you can improve your social skills and it can help you feel more relaxed when people are trying to be humorous.

7. Avoid humour at anyone’s expense

While most people say funny things about other people or make jokes about them, it translates to an insult to those people even though others may be laughing at it. While developing your sense of humour, you must bear in mind that your laughter can hurt someone else’s feelings when the joke is about them. 

Public jokes and funny stories must be well thought out, so no one gets hurt, there have been cases of people committing suicide and entering into depression because someone made a joke about their size, their scars, or anything at all that may be personal to such person. 

8. Be confident

Everyone loves a person who believes in themselves, you’ll need to believe that you have that sense of humour so you can harness and horn it. How confident are you in your abilities? If you believe you can make conversations funny then you can. 

Showing confidence in yourself is proof to other people that you’re not afraid if they eventually don’t understand your jokes. They are the ones that need to level up and see that you have a great sense of humour.

9. Make your jokes relatable

People love when they can relate to everything around them, it appeals to their emotions. Once you get control of a person's emotions, you can be able to make them take action. Imagine telling someone who just lost their close family a joke about a car, there’s a very high probability they wouldn’t respond because their current state of emotion can’t relate to the joke.

Let people imagine themselves in whatever you’re saying to them, listening to relatable jokes can help you have a sharp sense of making someone laugh as well.

10. Engage in pictorial representation 

When people see funny images, they laugh even when they are yet to listen to a joke or read it. Looking at funny images and memes can’t help develop your sense of humour, both to tell jokes and to understand jokes. As you’ve earlier read, people decode information differently and they may not be able to understand if you tell a joke, but they can identify a funny picture when necessary. Pictures containing funny objects of personality will portray to them that you’re trying to make them laugh and be funny. Adding videos or pictures to every form of joke you make will develop your sense of humour and also impress the people you’re trying to show.

These are a few tips that can help you get more comical and funny. Don't overdo trying to be funny or laugh too much at a joke that should be overlooked. Developing a sense of humour requires striking a balance between reality and being funny. 

It’s also advised that you read the mood of people before laughing at jokes or saying a joke, it’ll help you understand if they are pleased with what you said or if you can laugh at what was said.

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