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Laugh at yourself! (Day 12)

The ability to laugh at yourself reveals to others several important traits about you.

First, it shows you have a sense of humor—a desirable trait.

Next, when you practice self-effacing humor, you’re demonstrating your vulnerability. Those experiencing your humor see your openness in a way that makes you more approachable.

And when you poke fun at yourself, you’re demonstrating poise and self-assurance. Being able to laugh at yourself takes a strong level of self-confidence.

So today’s challenge: Laugh at yourself.

Forgot your computer password? Left your zipper in the down position? Locked your keys in the car—again? Lighten up. Show others that you recognize that you aren’t perfect, that you’re capable of making mistakes, and that you can reframe and see imperfections through the lens of humor.

Numerous members of my family—including me—deal with Attention Deficit Disorder. We may have this disorder, but it doesn’t have us! We play with our pain and joke about the derailments, the loss of productivity, and the accompanying frustrations.

If you’ve ever seen the movie UP! then you’ve seen the poster child, er… dog, for our cause. You know that Dug (the dog) has been derailed when he shouts, “Squirrel!” (If you have no idea what I’m talking about, click here to see a clip.) So my office is decorated with various stuffed squirrels, we have squirrel Christmas tree ornaments, and the phrase “squirrel” has taken on a different—and funny—meaning among family and friends. One of my favorite jokes:

 

How many kids with ADD does it take to change a light bulb?

Let’s go ride our bikes!

 

My kidding about ADD gives me a sense of empowerment, and that gets communicated to others through shared humor.

Again, today’s challenge, laugh at yourself. Show others that you can take yourself lightly. Empower yourself and strengthen your relationships.

That’s it for today. Congratulations on your commitment to creating a healthier, happier you! 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

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Jokes! (Challenge Day 11)

“Got any good jokes?”

“Nah, I can never remember the punch line…”

That’s how the conversation usually goes when I ask people for a joke. And when I ask for a show of hands in my audience to see who can tell a joke, only about 1 in 100 will raise their hand (while the person sitting next to them looks on thinking, “You can’t tell a joke!”).

Why is it that the majority of us believe we can’t tell a good joke? Joke telling is a skill that can be learned without a lot of blood, sweat and tears. For most of us, it’s just not that important. At least until today…

Today’s challenge: Tell a joke! If you already know a good one, then you’re way ahead. If you don’t, then here’s what you need to prepare for today’s exercise.

First, find a joke that you find funny. (Knock knock jokes, light bulb jokes, lawyer/doctor/engineer jokes, bar jokes—the list is almost endless!) There are tons of resources for jokes. You may have a joke book lying around the house (I have several I go to in a pinch but my favorite is by Garrison Keillor). There are countless joke sites on the Internet. You can ask your humor buddies. You can ask a kid

(Note: In terms of payoff (usually measured by laughter), there’s a payoff ratio that goes like this: Length-of-joke to Funniness-of-joke. In other words, the shorter the joke, the less funny it has to be for others laugh or be amused. But if people have to invest a lengthy amount of time to hear your joke and it’s not a gut-buster, you’re going to be run out of town!

Next, read or say the joke aloud at least 7 times so that you have the key points  committed to memory. Nothing spoils a joke like forgetting the punch line, or remembering half-way through that “it wasn’t about a parrot—it was about a talking horse, so let me start over…”

Then find someone to share you joke with and go for it! (And then share it again. And again.) Joke telling is a skill. The more you do it, the better you will become.

If you work in a job where the turnover is high in regards to people you see everyday, then just one joke, told well, will make you stand out! But if you see the same colleagues and customers (or students or staff or friends) day after day after day, then you might want to learn a repertoire of jokes.

Sharing a good joke with another person, whether at work or at home, can build rapport and strengthen relationships. And it communicates to others that you appreciate humor, which people see as a valuable trait.

That’s it! Congratulations for committing to another day. 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. See all Humor Challenge blog posts and videos at www.KarynBuxman.com/30-day-humor-challenge-2015

 

 

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