You’d consider yourself to be funny. In fact, you think you have some pretty witty thoughts and comments from time to time. Unfortunately, these comments occur to you either when you’re watching a television show by yourself, or half an hour after a conversation with someone you wanted to impress.
You might think that being funny is a quality endowed on the lucky and withheld from the unfortunate. And while it’s true that some people are naturally funnier than others, funniness is a skill which means it can be worked on and developed.
So how do you sharpen your wit so that you can reap the benefits that often come along with being funny? Give these a try and instantly become more likeable to everyone you come into contact with!
Be More Observant
Before you can start cracking jokes left, right, and centre you need to do some inventory on the way you look at the world. Even those who are known for their deadpan or self-deprecating humor have a lighter outlook on life.
Sure, the jokes they crack are dark and are predicated on what appears to be a negative outlook of the world, but ultimately these techniques stem from their ability to not take things so seriously. This doesn’t mean you necessarily need to have a positive outlook on things, but it does mean you need to be able to look more deeply into situations and find the humor in them.
As practice, take the time to think outside of the box about even the most mundane aspects of your surroundings and day to day activities. What might be a perspective that the average person might not pick up on? What is a common opinion about something that doesn’t really make any sense at all?
It’s these little aspects of day to day life that will be useful fodder for jokes later on. You don’t have to think of these jokes ahead of time (spontaneity is the friend of humorous people), but simply developing this technique for picking up on interesting outcroppings of the human existence will become useful in the social situations where you want to be funny.