Having a good sense of humor doesn’t simply make you a more pleasant person to socialize with; it can help you get more done and save your sanity when problems arise in areas ranging from personal relations to business. In other words, having a sense of humor is downright useful.
So, when and how can it help you?
1. Humor Helps You Recover from Failure
People who are overly serious about themselves have much harder time recovering from failure. One of the most important expressions of good sense of humor is the ability to laugh at oneself – and if you are capable of it, chances are you are also more inclined to admit your mistakes. And admitting your mistake is the first step to correcting it. People who are too serious about themselves are, on the contrary, prone to stick to the initial course of action no matter what, even when it is obvious for everybody else that they are wrong. In other words, a good sense of humor makes you more resilient.
2. Humor Makes You More Creative
If you are involved in any job that involves creative work, having a sense of humor is almost mandatory. For example, humorous and well-written content is always highly sought-after, and even works about serious topics are received more favorably if they are sprinkled with a couple of jokes every now and then. It doesn’t take much effort to spice up your work and make it more memorable through adding comedic elements. Mix some humor into your webinar (or in the blog you write, or in the design you create for the website), and you’ll be light years ahead of your competitors.
3. Humor Helps You Make New Acquaintances
When you’re not sure what to talk about with a new acquaintance, saying something funny is an excellent way to get the conversation going. Sharing a laugh with a person is a very personal experience that immediately makes you closer and starts the new acquaintanceship off on a positive note. In addition to that, people who often use humor in conversations are almost always perceived as more approachable, which means that people will be more likely to have a positive image of you even before you start talking.
4. Humor Improves Your Health
Humor improves your health, and not only in terms of keeping you from dwelling on all the maladies, real and imaginary, that trouble you. It has been scientifically proved that laughter causes positive reactions in the human body; it relieves stress and muscle tension, increases the release of endorphins and dopamine (chemicals that make you feel good and promote general feelings of well-being), improves cognitive function of the brain, and much more.
5. Humor Helps You Fight Fear
We all are afraid of something. Sometimes these fears are well-grounded in reality, sometimes they are mere delusions on our part. However, all fears have one thing in common – they are harmful (we are not talking about fears related to immediate threats to a person’s safety, but about crippling, powerful fears that limit our ability to act and think clearly). When it comes to finding constructive ways of dealing with fear, there is hardly anything more effective than having a good old laugh. This is because it is impossible to laugh at something and be afraid of it at the same time. Fear is too serious a business to survive ridicule – so make laughing a priority.
A well-developed sense of humor can be of great help to you in your everyday life. It makes facing problems easier and accepting success more pleasant – so don’t be afraid of embracing and developing this part of your personality.
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