The Power of a Sense of Humor for Personal Development

Personal development is often thought of as a serious matter, especially when it comes to career advancement. But, maintaining a serious attitude isn’t appropriate in all situations. If you truly want shoot the moon, pairing your career (and life) with a knack for being funny will definitely get you the extra (s)miles you want for personal growth.


Humor will enhance your personal development

Why should you want to be funny?

What’s the biggest advantage of having a good sense of humor? It helps both your emotional and physical well being for starters. While it has been taught for years that having a nice laugh is a good stress reliever, it is only now that research shows that is indeed the case. Laughter helps the body relax by releasing endorphins, your body’s natural pain reliever. It also helps increase brain activity, which is great in those situations where you need to think a lot. Lastly, laughter boosts your body’s immune system and helps in fighting illness.

And this is not all! A good sense of humor also does wonders for the personal development of your interpersonal relationships. Being able to laugh off the stress of work easily makes you approachable to co-workers. Also, your relaxed attitude will eventually rub off on them and will help them feel more comfortable working with you. And as already mentioned, the increased brain activity you get will be indispensable when managing and working with other people.

How do you develop your sense of humor?

Now that you know the benefits of a good sense of humor for personal development, the next step is to know how to develop yours. Note that there is really no clear cut way of learning to be funny. It is really something that you have to grow into along the way. But there are a few handy tips to help you get a feel for it.

One thing in particular that you need is inspiration. Each of us has our own share of funny moments. Just recalling yours is often enough to put a grin on your face. Going on comedy sprees by watching comedy films and standup acts on Netflix, Comedy Central or visiting comedy clubs also help in maintaining your smile.

A good exercise to apply your new found knack for comedy is finding the lighter side of things that happen around you. For instance, if something annoying occurs in the workplace, think about why you feel that it is annoying. Chances are, you’ll find the annoyance overblown and you will start to see the funnier side.

A little advice (to help you advance your personal development)

Each situation and each person is different. As such, how well your jokes are received will also differ. Take a short pause and think what would be the best punchline for a given situation. Also keep in mind that certain topics, such as family issues, religion and politics may be off limits.

Finally, remember that everyone tells a bad joke now and then. Don’t be hard on yourself. It’s all part of the training. It’s only after you’ve made a few mistakes that you’ll likely find your groove. Soon you’ll know the best time and place to insert humor into any situation, and you’ll find that humor has become a significant contributor to your personal development bringing you the success you’ve been looking for.

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  • By Jeroen Corver 08 Jul 2014

    I strongly agree with you. You have to have a good balance of educational, promotional, and personal content. Regardless if you are a B2B or B2C company, you still deal with humans, and humans prefer personal communication. Even the CIA uses humor

  • By April 08 Jul 2014

    Definitely! As long as humor is in good taste, it’s much better to work with someone you can laugh with. Plus, high humor can be pretty complex and when executed properly, it shows that you have a good understanding of the situation, that you can read people and relate well, you understand your audience, and that you’re smart and insightful. Relating to people is a huge part of any career. After all, no man is an island.

  • By Mike Pascale 09 Jul 2014

    No! Never! There is no use for humor. Ever.

    Now wipe that smile off your face before I do it for you,. And don’t ever let me catch you saying anything remotely funny, young man!

    Humor is a sign of weakness, as is compassion and love. That is why you humans are so easy to conquer. Bwah-ha-ha-ha-haaaah!!!

    (Sorry, couldn’t resist.) 🙂

  • By Ramita Chaudhuri 28 Jul 2014

    A sense of humor does always help at workplace… to break the glass barrier… to defuse intense inter department warfare.. to grab attention from dozing off internal customers to a boring business presentation… to become an effective and balanced leader 🙂 even professional life is not worth all the grim faces as if we are back to school… We spend 80% of our wake up time at work place.. no harm in making it lighter n brighter with a little sense of humor 🙂

  • By Joslyn Gardiner 27 Jan 2019

    Laughter is a great way to reduce stress and anxiety. the happier you are (even if you have to fake it) the more you will achieve in a day!

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