An easy trick to make you the better person in a situation where you are insulted.
One thing that separates us from the rest of the mammals is humor.
Stand up comedy or all humor for that much is an emotional response an uncensored reaction. We respond emotionally to something the same way we would cower if we are afraid or cry if we were sad. It’s just how our brain works.
One example of a common joke structure uses the idea of bait and switch to shock you. What happens is the joke will build tension and once that tension is relieved you laugh. Our brains are just built like that. It a basic emotional response just like fight or flight… (do we all know what that is?) It’s part of who we are. Have you ever notices this for yourself? When we’re up against something that might be uncomfortable or really difficult at that moment, but then it’s over and your relieved of that stress… you laugh or at least smile.
Every culture, every age, every race, every economic class, every profession, and every person laughs. Emotion cannot always be controlled and everyone laughs at something.
However what that something is changes from person-to-person.
As a comedian you need to grow your funny bone
You need to figure out what works, what doesn’t work, or how to make something that you’re really passionate about come across to others in a funny way.
What I like most about comedy is that you also need to find the funny in any situation that you’re in. This is what I call Comedy Therapy. At the moment where life is the hardest and things are the worst I say to myself one day this is going to be a great story.
You have no idea how amazing you feel the moment you have a room of people laughing at something that at one time in your life was so horrible. It feels great!
I read an article in the Journal of medicine that says that when we LOL “laugh out loud” and clap it releases endorphins into our system something called oxytocin which is kind of like a your brains version of Prozac! So when we laugh and clap (even a smile works to do this) it actually helps raise your self-esteem and lowers your stress level.
Or as I like to say the more you clap at my jokes the better you’re going to feel in the better you can I think you look. This is the only kind of drug dealer to be! I’ll never be on street corners, Just give me a stage and a microphone.
How do you feel.
This is an 2 person at a time team building game.
This exercise is to help make a person more emotionally literate.
Emotional literacy is a great tool for a stronger more effective leader.
2 people sitting facing each other:
One person asked the question “How do you feel?”
They sit attentively listening to the other person without any interruptions.
There are 4 main questions to this,
The second person in one minute answers the following for questions
I feel physically. In general I feel. In a relationship I feel. Right now in this moment I feel.
Use positive and negative emotions other than happy and sad, try to be more specific and in touch with your feelings.
Here are some emotions.