What Makes a Person Funny
A person’s sense of humor is a deeply personal thing. We all have our own sense of what makes us laugh and what doesn’t. But, there are some things that most people agree on when it comes to humor. For example, we all know that being able to laugh at oneself, a self-deprecating humor, is a good thing.
Humor can be a great way to connect with others and build relationships quickly. Let’s face it, many of us like surrounding ourselves with funny people but not all do. We utilize humor on daily basis to help us deal with difficult situations in a more light-hearted way. However, being funny isn’t always necessary for success in life or work. It’s okay not to be the funniest person in the room sometimes too.
You Are Not Funny As You Think
It is important to know that humor and jokes are not always appropriate. They can be a great icebreaker at the beginning of an interaction, but they should not be used to constantly break the ice. Laughter is a powerful thing and it can make you feel good, but it can also make people uncomfortable or embarrassed.
Some people might think that being funny all the time will help them get ahead in life, but this is not true. Humor can help you get by in life if you use it sparingly and wisely, but there are many other skills that will give you a better chance of success than humor alone.
The reason you are reading is most likely because you want to change people’s perception of you or you don’t get the respect you think you deserve, whether it’s among work colleagues or friends. There are even times when someone tells you to stop being funny, and you get taken aback by this comment.
You might even feel if what you did was wrong, even though clearly in your mind it wasn’t anything serious. I personally have been through in these situations a couple of times so I know what it felt like. It could probably be our reactions that rub people the wrong way too, although we didn’t intend to do so.
So now, let’s get back to the real thing. How to stop being funny, you ask? Follow the 3 ways below..
1. Stop Making Jokes All The Time
This is the first and most important step to stop being funny. It is important to know that if you want to stop being funny, then you should not try to be funny. Pretty straight forward right? You should stop making jokes all the time and joke only at appropriate time. If the situation calls for you attention and it’s time to be serious, be serious about it – especially during work.
Naturally funny people like to take situations lightly and laugh it off to reduce any tension in conversations. The thing is, not everyone appreciates it because it can seem like you are making fun of the situation. So remember, the next time you are caught in tensed situations, try to not crack a joke unless it is necessary.
2. Understand Your Audience
Now, this ties to the above point. It is also important for you to understand your audience and what they like the most. You cannot please everyone, but it is possible for you to find out what your audience likes and then give them that instead of trying too hard to be humorous all the time. Don’t joke with someone that is serious in that moment or you’re not close to. It might come off as disrespectful to them.
3. Find A New Way & Adapt
It is important for you to find new ways to be funny without being goofy or forcing a joke. Once you understand your audience’s humor, you can try out different style of humor and see if it vibes with them. There are humors that can be offensive – like laughing at someone’s expense, or humors that can lighten or turn situations around for the better like dad jokes or self-deprecating jokes.
Read and adapt to the people you are with and the energy around, and be funny to those who appreciates it. If possible, you can try to understand what people like and test the water before being outright funny. Make sure it is done at the right place and the right time.
In conclusion, we should be more aware of our way of communicating. We need to change the way we communicate with each other in order to be able to understand each other more and not offend anyone in the process.
Remember to always be mindful of when to be funny. Before I end this article, I would like to add that, at the end of the day, while not everyone likes funny people, you have to be who you actually are. We are not here to please anyone, and if they don’t like it even after you tried adapting, then just move on. It is important to stay true to yourself. That’s what matters most.