We’ll stray from our traditional show summary format so you can read how George and Mary-Lynn put this concept to use!
George: Today, we’ll talk about laughing at yourself and the benefits that go along with it. Laughing is good for you. Research shows that people who get in a few bigg belly laughs every day are healthier! And I find that the older I get, the bigger my belly laugh gets!
Mary-Lynn: That just means there’s more belly laugh to love! Another benefit is that it keeps you from taking yourself too seriously. And I learned a long time ago not to take myself too seriously … nobody else does!
George: It also endears people to you. People like people who can laugh at themselves.
Mary-Lynn: And, if they may relate to what you said, that makes it even funnier. I always feel good when someone makes fun of themselves, because then they’re not making fun of me. And believe me, I provide a lot of material!
George: I’ll say, Mary-Lynn!
Mary-Lynn: Now you’re making fun of me!
George: I found that it can also release the pressure in a tense situation. The conversation heats up as people stake out positions. If I say something silly about myself, everybody takes a brief break. Then the conversation can be productive again.
How to learn to laugh at yourself
Mary-Lynn: Some people just don’t have that sense of humor. So let’s offer some tips on how to learn to laugh at yourself.
George: All you have to do is look like me! First, talk to yourself. My dad said, “Talking to yourself is the best way to make sure intelligent questions get asked and intelligent answers are given!” The point is to make yourself laugh, but do it quietly.
Mary-Lynn: Second, become a student of humor. As you watch a show or listen to a comedian, think about how you could use the funny line. Review conversations. Have you ever thought, “Oh, I wished I had said …” The more you rehearse, the quicker you’ll get.
George: Third, it has to be spontaneous. That’s what normally makes it funny – the element of surprise. One easy way to do this is to take something that’s memorable from the discussion you’ve been having and bring it up again, turning it on yourself.
Mary-Lynn: Well, George, if we had said anything memorable I would give an example! So we’ll just move on!
2 things to avoid with self-deprecating humor
Mary-Lynn: Don’t make fun of things you’re insecure about. It serves no purpose and it makes other people uncomfortable. You have to laugh at yourself with confidence, because then people know it’s a joke.
George: Don’t create a bad perception with your self-deprecating humor. For example, you may be confident in your work ethic. You might look bad if you talk about how lazy you are.
Mary-Lynn: But George, one of your favorite lines, when people ask you what you do is, “As little as possible.”
George: That’s because it’s true!
Mary-Lynn: See, there you go again!
George: Yeah, but I immediately follow it up with the real answer.
Mary-Lynn: After they’ve laughed WITH you laughing AT yourself! What’s your favorite self-deprecating line? Share it with us by leaving a Comment! What’s our bigg quote today, George?
George: Our bigg quote today comes from Shirley MacLaine, who said,“I’ve don’t know which life to make fun of me in!” Seriously, she said …
Mary-Lynn: And thanks to myself, I’m easily amused!
George: Next time, it will be St. Patrick’s Day. So we’ll ask a question – is it better to be lucky or smart?
Mary-Lynn: Until then, here’s to your bigg success!