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Applying the Genius of Humor

The genius of humor obviously pertains to communication, but humor is not just a secondary form of genius. Humor is vital. However, there is a wrong way and a right way to use it.

Here are my suggestions for improving your sense of humor: First, find out what your strong suit is, humor-wise. Ask a friend who will be honest with you. Second, know who you are talking with. Not everybody thinks the same things are funny -- and there are a few people who do not think anything is funny, or at least nothing that has been discovered yet. Third, work on your timing. Try out your best lines on your family and your friends -- and test bad puns on your enemies! Finally, remember that the best target for humor is yourself. A little self-deprecating humor can go a long way toward making people feel at ease with you.

In short, humor is much more than an icebreaker. When things are good, it can keep egos from becoming inflated. Moreover, when the going is tough, it can be an affirmation of dignity, a declaration of your faith in ultimate success.

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Bad Jokes Everyone Should Avoid!

Next time you find yourself trying to make a joke to make a point, or simply to lighten the mood, please, oh please, avoid the following follies:

Q: What do you get when you cross a poisonous snake with a horse?
A: I don't know, but if it bites you, you can ride it to the hospital!

Q: What did Momma Buffalo say to her child as he left for school?
A: Bison!

Q: What do you call that great feeling of satisfaction you get when you finish your homework?
A: The aftermath.