How Your Sense of Humor Works

It’s the Real You

Do you ever feel like you can’t be yourself in certain situations?

It’s not a good feeling. It means you are in a situation where you don’t feel comfortable sharing your sense of humor.

Your sense of humor isn’t necessarily about making other people laugh, or whether you can remember a joke. A musician can play a song that she doesn’t like, and play it so well that her audience is thrilled. A comedian can tell a joke and get a laugh from a joke he doesn’t personally find funny. But you can’t really laugh at something that you don’t think is funny.

Ultimately your sense of humor is about trust, especially the ability to trust yourself. When you trust yourself you don’t have to take yourself too seriously—that is, more seriously than a situation calls for—and you can really enjoy your sense of humor.

Your true sense of humor can’t be faked. It’s authentic and relaxing because it’s just you being you. Like sex, if you fake it, it isn’t relaxing. The real thing always feels good.

The human race has only one really effective weapon and that is laughter.– Mark Twain 

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