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Be Silly! (30-Day Humor Challenge Day 3)

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

 

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Read for Laughs! (30-Day Humor Challenge Day 2)

Welcome back to today’s 30-Day Humor Challenge. Humor is abundant if you look for it. One of the places I go to for humor is my library. I love books, and I have a huge collection of authors who are funny and insightful. Books by comedians are an obvious choice, like Ellen DeGeneres (My Point, And I Do Have One), Dennis Miller (Rants), or George Carlin (Brain Droppings).

 

There’s also humor from modern-day philosophers like Robert Fulghum in his book, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, or how about a little sci-fi humor with books like All I Really Need to Know I Learned from Star Trek or The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

 

Maybe you prefer something a little more classic like tales from Mark Twain (that other humorist from my hometown—Hannibal Missouri!).

 

I enjoy books from funny gal pals like Loretta LaRoche (Life is Not a Stress Rehearsal), Gina Barreca (It’s Not That I’m Bitter) and Mary LoVerde (Stop Screaming at the Microwave). These are just the tip of the iceberg.

 

Pick up a book and read for fun. Don’t have a humorous book? What a great excuse to visit a bookstore, or to spend some time shopping Amazon.

 

That’s it. Today’s challenge: Pick up a book and read for fun. (What book would YOU recommend to me and your fellow readers? Post here, on Facebook or shoot me an email: [email protected]. I’d love to hear your favorites!)

 

That’s it. Congratulations on creating your humor habit. I’ll see you 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

 

 

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But I’m Not Funny (30-Day Humor Challenge Day 1)

I speak to thousands of people every year about the power of humor. Nearly everybody “gets it,” and they all appreciate humor. But when I suggest that they consciously bring more humor into their lives, some of them resist, saying “But I’m not funny!”

To which I say: “GREAT!”

Here’s the good news. To enjoy humor, you don’t have to be funny! Some of the happiest and most successful people I know aren’t funny, but they recognize its value. They’re not humor initiators but they ARE humor appreciators!

So let’s kick off the challenge with something easy and start by examining your sense of humor. What makes you laugh? Do you enjoy deadpan humor like Steven Wright’s? Or do you like redneck humor like Jeff Foxworthy’s? Maybe you’re a fan of slapstick like The Three Stooges. (Knuuck, knuuck, knuuck…) Maybe you’re a fan of satirical humor like Sarah Silverman? And what are your favorite movies, actors, sitcoms, and games?

By the way, did you know that just thinking about things that are humorous to you provide almost as many physiological benefits to you as actually experiencing that humor? (For those of you who are taking this hoping for science credit, it’s called the Anticipatory Effect. Yes, there will be a test!) So you’re already benefitting simply by thinking about your sense of humor. (That was easy!)

So for today’s challenge: Look around your house, search the Web. Make a note of who and what you find funny and entertaining. And now—spend 15 minutes enjoying one of your favorites.

(FYI, we’re going to come back to these resources during this 30 day-challenge, and tap into them in different ways.)

Congratulations on taking the first step! I’ll see you 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

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