Shared humor is even more powerful than humor experienced by yourself. When you share humor with another person, you both get to experience the benefits!
Today’s challenge: Designate a humor buddy.
Reach out to someone who shares your sense of humor. Invite them to be part of the Humor Challenge with you. This person is someone you can laugh with, try out your humor exercises on, and can help hold you accountable.
I have a number of humor buddies that I love sharing humor with. I know when I send something their way, they’ll appreciate a chuckle and know that I was thinking of them. And when I’m in need of a boost, I can call them, email them, send them a text, give them a shout-out on social media, or get together over coffee (or other beverages of choice!) and they’ll provide the support I need in the form of something funny.
This challenge is about helping you create a humor habit so you can maximize the benefits that humor provides. You can do this by yourself, but it’s easier and even more fun when you have someone to practice with.
That’s it. Congratulations on committing to enhancing your sense of humor. I hope you’ll join me tomorrow for the next challenge. I’m Karyn Buxman reminding you to create a humor habit and reap the benefits. Humor is power! Neurohumorist Karyn Buxman’s mission in life is to enhance global business, improve global health, and achieve global peace through strategic humor. www.KarynBuxman.com/30-day-humor-challenge-2015
I’ve often wondered what holds people back from using humor. I think a lot of times it’s because people don’t want to look silly. The word “silly” comes from an Old English term that meant to be healthy, happy and prosperous. (Who wouldn’t want more of that?)
When I think of “silly” I immediately think Monty Python’s John Cleese and “The Ministry of Silly Walks.” It’s a classic. You might be surprised to know that John Cleese—one of the funniest men alive—does not consider himself to be particularly funny. In his “real life” he’s not “the life of the party.” But he has the confidence to do something silly for his own enjoyment, and the enjoyment of others.
So what do you think? Are you willing to overcome your fear of looking silly? (FYI: I’ve found no medically validated cases of anyone dying from embarrassment.) For some of you, this may stretch you a little outside of your comfort zone. But stay with me here, because the benefits will far outweigh any downside you might be imagining.
So here’s today’s challenge:
Be silly! Try answering the phone with a fake accent. Wear bright green socks to work. Maybe even try your own silly walk! Relax—have some fun with this. Afterwards, make a note to yourself: How did other people react? How did you feel at first? How did you feel later?
Kudos for being brave enough to take part it today’s exercise. I hope you’ll join me tomorrow for the next humor challenge. I’m Karyn Buxman reminding you to create a humor habit and reap the benefits. Humor is power! Neurohumorist Karyn Buxman’s mission in life is to enhance global business, improve global health, and achieve global peace through strategic humor. www.KarynBuxman.com/30-Day-Humor-Challenge-2015