The Humor Habit

David Granirer, counselor, discusses the humor habit.

Loading the player...

David Granirer, counselor, discusses the humor habit.
Video transcript

Featuring David Granirer, Counselor

Duration: 2 minutes, 21 seconds

Developing a humorous perspective on the world is really important.

It’s called the humor habit and it’s the ability to see those incongruities in everyday life situations. To develop the humor habit, it’s great to be able to watch standup comics, entertainers, people who make their living through looking at things through a different lens.

A good way of seeing the humor in yourself, for example, is to take some of your flaws and exaggerate them. Say you’re awkward in social situations. Instead of seeing that as a bad thing, you see it as, “I’m proud of how awkward I am in social situations.”

Talking to other people from that standpoint about how what a klutz you are and how you always blow it, and things like that is a great way of being self-deprecating and breaking the ice, and reducing the stress, and also engaging people in laughter.

Remember, what you say in those situations doesn’t even need to be that funny. Just the fact that you’re talking about it from a different perspective and engaging people, people are going to laugh with you through empathy and support.

Nerds are a great example of how we’ve brought humor in to create acceptance. At one point, there was no humor around nerds. They were just uncool. Over the years, we’ve developed a whole subset of jokes and humor and humorous perspective around nerds, which has created acceptance for nerds.

Now, we look at nerds and we not only see a nerd, we also see some of their really positive qualities come across through humor, so humor has broken that stereotype of a nerd is a bad thing.

Humor is a habit that you can develop. The more you use those muscles in your brain, the stronger they become. In order to develop those muscles, if you’re seeing a helping professional, a counselor, a psychiatrist or psychologist, it’s a good idea to ask that person what their take on humor is and how that might work in your life, so you can build up those humor muscles inside of you.

Presenter: Mr. David Granirer, Counselor, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Counselor

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.