The title fooled you, didn't it? Everyone wants to be a funny person. And why not? It makes your life a tad bit easier. Your boss loves you, your friends always want to be around you, AND it gets you a few brownie points with your crush. It takes a little work but once you figure out how to make people laugh, it’ll be one of the best things to happen to you. Plus, it comes with its own set of perks. Let’s find out what they are.
1. You Become Likeable
Nobody wants to be around a Grumpy Pants. It’s simple science; laughter releases endorphins, which make us feel good. When you make people feel good, they like you. If you want to make friends with someone, making them laugh will be your safest bet. Being relatable also makes you likable. And the easiest way to establish yourself as relatable is through humour, self-deprecatory humour to be precise. It creates a bond between you and the person listening, over a common flaw or shortcoming.
2. You Become Observant
A joke cannot be created in a vacuum. There needs to be context behind it. The construction of a joke requires inspiration, usually drawn from your surroundings. According to the hilarious stand-up comedian Biswa Kalyan Rath “joke ideas aren't generated, you make an observation and that inspires a joke idea”. This means funny people are always looking for inspiration. This makes them pay attention to every action that is being taken and everything that is being said around them. They’re observing and analysing a situation to generate humour from it.
3. Your Confidence Increases
The journey of learning how to be a funnier person has its highs and lows. But these highs and lows help you become more confident as well. When you begin this journey, you are bound to fail a few times. This helps you develop thick skin which in turn makes you more assertive and difficult to rattle. The highs, on the other hand, bring you words of appreciation and positive feedback, which naturally increases your confidence.
4. People Perceive You as Intelligent
A lot of studies have discovered a connection between humour and intellect.
Researchers have revealed that people who are funny, especially those who appreciate dark humour, have higher IQs than those who are not. They claim that processing and producing comedy needs both cognitive and emotional abilities. So when you prove yourself to be funny, people automatically perceive you as intelligent.
5. You Become a Good Speaker
Confident individuals who know what they are talking about and can connect with the people around them, will by default be good speakers. Coincidentally all of these are also qualities found in a funny person, as we discussed above. In addition to that, they have a fair amount of practice from telling all those jokes over the years. And as we all know, practice makes perfect. The mixture of all the above-mentioned qualities and practice is the perfect recipe for a good speaker.
Want to read more about comedy? Check out our other content on comedy!