Hello Nikitha! I don’t have the answer that you need at this point since I don’t know your context, but I will attempt a few suggestions.

I am not a stand-up comedian and I don’t write satire or humor. However, from what friends, family and a few people who don’t know me that much have said, I have days when I am funny.

I love laughing. I have a really wierd laugh, so, I had to get really comfortable with laughing in order to enjoy jokes or even watch movies with anyone.

Imagine a donkey making sounds to express how horny he is. That’s how my laugh sounds like.

So, without much ado, here are my two tips/suggestions/ideas on how to find more laughter in your life:

  1. Figure out the type of comedy you like, and go for it: I’m African. I speak English. I watch a tonne of American movies and I read lots of books by American Authors. However, I live in my country Cameroon. I find that I easliy associate with Trevor Noah’s satirical style and find his inflections, voice change and subtle facial maneuvers really funny. So, whenever I want to get a laugh, I go for him. Since I don’t watch the News, I use The Daily Show as a way to stay abreast with what’s going on in American politics and get a good laugh in the process.
    Conclusion: Identify the type of shows that get you laugh, watch lots of them whenever you feel like you need a laugh. I know this sounds lame…but this helps me a lot on days when I don’t feel very happy
  2. Relax: I know, I know. This sounds really lame again. However, whenever I take things too seriously, whenever I try too hard to figure out a problem, I don’t usually have space to find the angle of the situation that could be potentially comical. This happens usually when I am the joke. In my family, we tend to laugh at each other a lot. My father is really good at poking us and we learned from him. If you can laugh at yourself, you’ll realize that it is easy to find things funny. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Of course, there are situations that require that you be very professional and not crack for any reason, but whenever you find yourself in an environment that is safe, familiar and unthreatening (for example with a friend or sibling, or when reading a book) try to let down your guard and enjoy everything that happens as it happens.

I don’t know if I laugh 300 times a day, but I am so grateful to be alive that I tend to find a lot of things funny when most people don’t. Maybe something is wrong with me. :)

I hope this helps!

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Cameroonian writer and video creator. Featured in LEVEL and P.S. I Love You. I write about building relationships and personal transformation.

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