I usually don’t make people laugh. I’m too serious and, I don’t know how to tell jokes. Neither am I inclined to make fun of others or even myself.
But, today, as in this afternoon, I did. Make someone laugh, that is.
I was in art history class, looking down at my laptop. I was engrossed with typing my notes when my art history lecturer announced that there was another in-class test next week. My slow brain took some time to digest it and when it did, I looked up to nowhere in general with a face full of shocked dismay. With my eyes opened wide, and my thumb near my lips (I’ve picked up this odd habit of needing to bite something like a pen or my nails when I’m nervous), I started thinking to myself, “Next week, next week, shoot, next week??? Oh no….. not next week!”. I was so focused in my introspective dialogue that I didn’t realize that the lecturer was looking at me as he continued rambling about the test.
Suddenly, he laughed. I snapped out of my monologue but still dazed, I kept staring at him like a child who had just been forcibly jolted awake. He continued laughing and then, resumed back to talking about the test.
I think that was the funniest moment I had today, in fact in the past few weeks. He surprised me to laughter, and I amused myself too.
Surprises bring out the most unexpected side of people. And, in people like me, who are usually very controlled in our expressions, surprises are always a good thing.
So, back to the question: To make people laugh, you should:
1) Be sincere
2) Be honest in your feelings
3) Have a thick-skin and
4) Not be too sensitive
This episode is a rare one in my life. I really enjoyed it.