10 TIPS FOR INCORPORATING HUMOR INTO YOUR LIFE
- List three funny things that happened to you each day.
- Find a TV show or movie that tickles your funny bone.
- Watch stand-up comedy. There are lots of options to watch online or on television and if you can get to a live show – even better!
- Reach out to someone who gets your sense of humor. Share the funny things that have happened to you recently or reminisce about something in your past that gets you laughing. If busy schedules make calling hard to coordinate or you just don’t feel like talking, texting can do the trick.
- Get online. There is a little something for everyone on the internet. Comics, memes, YouTube videos, blogs—if it gets you to laugh or smile, spend 15 minutes or so to check it out.
- Have a game night—a little good spirited competition can get the good times rolling. Charades and Win-Lose-or Draw are classics. There are also plenty of newer card and board games that are designed with humor in mind.
- Try laughter yoga.
- Read a funny book.
- Spend time with an animal or a child. Their antics are almost always good for a laugh.
- Incorporate funny things into your environment. It could be a goofy picture of your friends, family or pets; a page-a-day calendar; a mug with a witty saying or cartoon.
Mental Subtraction of Positive Events
How to appreciate what you have by imagining your life without it.
15 minutes. Try to make time to do this practice once per week, focusing on a different positive event each week. It might help to do this practice at the same time each week—before bed each Sunday evening, perhaps, or at lunch every Friday.
How to Do It
- Take a moment to think about a positive event in your life, such as an educational or career achievement, the birth of a child, or a special trip you took.
- Think back to the time of this event and the circumstances that made it possible.
- Consider the ways in which this event may never have happened—for example, if you hadn’t happened to learn about a certain job opening at the right moment.
- Write down all of the possible events and decisions—large and small—that could have gone differently and prevented this event from occurring.
- Imagine what your life would be like now if you hadn’t enjoyed this positive event and all the fruits that flowed from it.
- Shift your focus to remind yourself that this event actually did happen and reflect upon the benefits it has brought you. Now that you have considered how things might have turned out differently, appreciate that these benefits were not inevitable in your life. Allow yourself to feel grateful that things happened as they did.