If you are looking to bring a little more humor into your daily interactions, you may be wondering how you can change things up to make the people around you laugh more. Maybe you are a natural comedian and want to keep your friends in stitches when you go out, or maybe you are very serious and want to bring more levity to your interactions with friends and coworkers.
Whatever your reason, there are a few things you can do to make those around you look forward to the giggles that they always get in your presence. Here are a few tips for making people laugh:
Know Your Audience
You probably know your friends and family well and therefore know what subjects can get them laughing. If you lean into those subjects and try your humor there, you will probably elicit more laughs easily. If you don’t know the people that well, take any chance you can get to figure out what they are interested in and what makes them chuckle.
Knowing people’s type of humor will help you tailor your jokes or conversation toward what they react to. If your friends enjoy silly or goofy humor, you should avoid sarcastic humor, but if your coworkers love funny sarcasm, you can lean into that at work.
This also works the opposite way, if you know your friends aren’t into politics, they probably won’t appreciate political jokes. Knowing people’s general personalities and preferences will help you either lean into or avoid certain jokes and subjects
Keep Up-To-Date on Current Events and Pop Culture
Knowing what is going on in current events can help to get a laugh. If you see a silly story on the news, you can pass it along to get laughs. Again, this is a good place to know your audience and what stories they will find humorous.
You should also keep current with pop culture. If everyone is talking about the newest Netflix show or Marvel movie, being “in the know” will help you participate in inside jokes related to the show and will provide camaraderie with other fans as you share laughs about the latest episode.
You can even suggest watching sitcoms or comedies with your friends or family to keep the laughs going and generally encourage enjoying humor together.
Share Your Natural Talents
So many people have a natural talent for humor that they might suppress to appear more mature or professional. While you obviously need to “read the room” (don’t jump into a comedy routine in the middle of a business meeting), you can try to embrace the natural humor that you have.
If you find that your humor is naturally sarcastic, or that you love puns, lean into that. If you do great celebrity impressions in the bathroom mirror, share them with others. If your communication style involves physicality, maybe you should lean into that in a slapstick style of comedy.
If you put these tips to the test, you may be so funny that your friends will think of you if they ever need to hire a comedian for a party or event. Keep testing out your comedy style, and see how people react. You will be surrounded by laughter in no time.