One of the reasons I like to play games is the witty conversation that accompanies play. The secret is to surround yourself with people who are adept enough to play effectively and find humor in the same breath. What’s funny to one person might not be to another but if you allow some freedom here you might be surprised at what makes you laugh. I love it when people are able to laugh at the ironies and absurdities of life … the shared connection of human foibles. I find that if you can laugh at yourself, even better.
When I was a young child, I used to enjoy reading the newspaper comics with my grandfather. We didn’t have too much in common otherwise … he was a solemn judge. I remember thinking how funny that this stern man enjoyed reading the comics … it made him seem more human to me.
Jokes have their place, but I am not fond of jokes at other people’s expense … the ones that require putting someone else down in order to feel good about yourself. I have to admit that some things others find funny don’t really appeal to my particular sense of humor. I really dislike laugh tracks on TV shows. I never found the 3 Stooges funny … I just don’t like what I consider to be “stupid” humor.
Figure out what you find funny and make time to laugh every day. Check out comedy books, movies, and tapes at the library. Join a laughter yoga class … you might feel really silly in the beginning but you start out with breathing and laughing and it inevitably turns into real deep laughter. This becomes both a mental and physical practice with lots of release occurring.
So, what do you consider to be funny?