Knowing how to make someone laugh usually depends on how well you know that person.
For example, it’s usually easier to make a good friend laugh than a stranger. However, making someone laugh is often worth the effort, both for them as well as for you.
Laughing has a variety of positive effects on people. It doesn’t matter what country you live in, laughter is universal. Below six strategies you can use to make someone laugh. Try these out. After all, we could all use a laugh.
But, before delving into the differing ways we can get people to laugh in a positive and beneficial way, let’s explore how laughing actually effects the body.
3. Find Awkward Times to Laugh
Have you ever been watching a TV newscast and witnessed the anchors suddenly lose it? They have such a serious job and a serious role on television, and now they just can’t contain their laughter. These types of clips are sidesplitting to watch. Similar to watching other people laugh, there’s a reason why you may find these clips funny.
When you’re not supposed to laugh, it makes it so much more difficult not to. It’s the idea that you shouldn’t press the button. So, what do you do? You press the button. Watching these people try to contain their joy just makes our day better.
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6. Funny Words Are a Winner
Science has made some wild discoveries. In the department of laughter, one of these discoveries may surprise you. Have you ever heard a weird word and chuckled to yourself? A lot of kids and a lot of adults read Dr. Seuss in the early 90’s, and it’s scientifically proven that wacky and silly words make people laugh.
The rarer the combination of letters of a word, the funnier it gets. That’s why Dr. Seuss was so well-loved. Between all his books, you could write an entire dictionary of all the outrageous words he made up and used. Weird words are a humorous commodity.
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Get the bad photos out of the way first:
If something doesn’t look right—the smile too fake or the pose not flattering, take the picture anyway. If you don’t take it, they may start to feel self-conscious. Unless of course you shoot with film, then smile as you redirect them to a better pose or expression.
Keep the conversation going:
Talk to them about their likes and dislikes, the weather—anything but standing behind the camera without so much as a word. Talk about awkward. Take the pressure off just by chatting.