A chuckle a day
Learning the art of laughter continued...
Wilde hosts laughter-boosting conferences for corporations,
associations, and healthcare providers. He also has a web site that offers mini
lessons. Among the titles: Up Your Laugh Quotient ("Embrace the notion that
humor is not incompatible with dignity and stature.") Wilde uses his own
sense of humor to make others laugh: On the phone with a reporter, he says,
"Why don't you come to dinner?' Told that the reporter lives more than 300
miles away, he isn't fazed. "We'll send down a jet." Which, of course,
makes the reporter laugh.)
You also can improve your sense of humor on your own, Miller
- Place a photo of a family event that makes you smile or laugh, or a
clipping of a magazine or newspaper cartoon that made you giggle, in plain
- Realize that humor is subjective. Figure out what you think is funny and
expose yourself to it. "My wife thinks Seinfeld is funny,"
Miller says. "I don't. I think The Honeymooners is funny, but my
- Consider gathering a group of friends and engaging in an activity that no
one excels at. It could be ice-skating, tennis, or basketball. The point,
Miller says, is that if everyone is equally bad, you'll soon be laughing at
Finally, for Valentine's Day: Buy your loved one a funny video
instead of artery-clogging chocolates.