Tribune Print Share Text

The power of humor in your life

Created date

March 26th, 2013

I give lectures all over the world and I always manage to make people laugh. But the truth is I can t tell a joke and I don t understand a lot of jokes that people tell me. You see, humor isn t just about telling jokes. Humor has more to do with the spirit of communicating. If your audience, be it thousands or only one other person, likes you and wants to laugh at what you say, almost anything can be funny if you have the right attitude. On the other hand, a sourpuss can ruin the funniest joke. April is National Humor Month, and while I d suggest you make humor a part of your everyday life, why not put in a little extra effort in April? Spring is a time of renewal and your humor will renew everyone around you because putting a smile on someone s face actually is good medicine. It causes positive hormones to be released and the effect can last for a long time.

Putting humor into action

So how do you do this without only resorting to jokes? Start with your body language. Put a smile on your face and right away you ll be setting the right mood. Then stay away from saying anything negative. Don t say I m tired, Isn t this weather awful? or What was she thinking when she got dressed this morning? Push negative thoughts out of your mind, not out through your mouth. The next step is to be observant. There is humor all around us, but most of us are too busy to notice. In the Talmud, it says, A lesson taught with humor is one retained. That s always been my philosophy as a teacher, and one of the reasons my classes are always filled. But there are two parts to this saying, the first being lesson. If what you say is interesting and teaches people about something, and then you do it with a smile and point out what is humorous around you, you ll soon find out how powerful humor can really be.