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Psychologist Steve Wilson Gives A Dozen Tips to Help You Be More Humorous Even if You Can't Tell a Joke
Date:5/20/2013

intended humor of reality. Comedian, Steve Allen, encouraged looking for the unintended humor of reality. Examples: sign in a store window: Any Faulty Merchandise Will Be Cheerfully Replaced with Merchandise of Equal Quality. Or, sign in an Acapulco restaurant, “The manager has personally passed all the water served here”. Collect examples to share with others or just review them when you need a lift.

2. Wear funny hats or T-shirts with funny sayings printed on them. Have a “Funny Hat Day” at work. My wife’s favorite T-shirt is emblazoned with the message: MY NEXT HUSBAND WILL BE NORMAL.

3. Become a toy collector. Shop for toys that suit you best. A simple wind-up toy may be just the icebreaker to get to know a new employee at work or to create a pleasant exchange with a new customer.

4. Wear fun badges. Start your own collection. One of my favorites: “I’m not deaf! I’m ignoring you!"

5. Inject humor into your environment. Put cartoons on bulletin boards at work, or a humorous poster at your desk. Joel Schwartz, MD, child and adolescent psychiatrist has this droll outgoing message on his voicemail: “Hi, this is Joel Schwartz. I am not here right now because I am making some important changes in my life. Please leave your name and phone number and I will call you back as soon as possible. If I don’t call you back, you are one of the changes!”

6. Schedule fun. To be sure you get to see a funny TV show, movie, go to a comedy club, or just play with your children, put it on the calendar as “Sacred Time”

7. Enroll in a humor class. Adult education programs offer classes to help you develop your humorous personality. “Humor Conventions” are now held throughout the year.

8. Hang out with people who have a good sense of humor. People who make you laugh, who leave you feeling uplifted, are role models for you. You can find lots of them at the

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