Let’s talk a bit about humor on April’s Fools Day.
Is this a day you fear because some might put salt in your coffee instead of sugar?
Or is this your time to shine as the joker and pull all the pranks?
There are different types of humor.
Some use humor as a defense mechanism to hide their insecurities or to make things laughable when they really aren’t.
Some use humor as a way to insult others and then blaming it on you.
“I’m only joking. You really have no sense of humor!!”
Some have actually studied on how to be funny.
Some are funny without intention.
Personally I am very selective about humor.
Some people claim to be sarcastic, when they actually are not funny and really wasting my time.
I definitely hate when people try to insult others by means of a joke.
I’m not too fond of slapstick humor or pranks either.
Among my favorites are wit, dry humor and word jokes.
In all honesty, I haven’t been praised a lot for being funny.
I sometimes do want to tell a joke or replicate something funny I heard or read, but I usually get too nervous.
The last time I tried that in a larger group of people, it didn’t turn out as I hoped.
I showed them a picture of a menu card and what term was used for Burgers:
(Between the Buns)
“Huh? I don’t understand it”, was the main reaction.
Seriously, guys? How is this not funny?
It left me feeling a bit foolish and embarrassed.
It’s not always about the joke, but also how you tell it.
I know the latter makes me uncomfortable in large groups.
Often times I am not surrounded by “my type of people” which makes the pressure even higher.
Finding people who appreciate the same kind of humor isn’t always easy, certainly not your life partner.
I remember that Jasper and I didn’t start off with the exact same type of humor, but somehow it has blended into something which make us both laugh.
What is your type of humor?
Has it changed over the years?
Do you have enough people around you to share it with?