In this episode, you are going to learn the art of having more fun.
I share a hilarious story about a major wardrobe malfunction with you and two podcast crew members.
You’ll laugh along at all the ridiculous details, but the takeaway is serious:
Learning how to laugh at yourself is a superpower, and research says people who have a sense of humor are more respected and are viewed as more confident and intelligent by their peers.
Today you’ll learn:
- How having fun in life is an art form
- How to turn something embarrassing into something hilarious and relatable
- How humor increases power and status
- Why it’s important to not take yourself too seriously
- How to create a bond and change the tone in any social situation
- Why it’s imperative to never buy a bodysuit that is too small
Seriously? You need to laugh more. Let’s start today.
In this episode, you’ll learn:
- 01:26: The best feeling in the world: taking your bra off at the end of the day
- 3:52: Chris tells us what the equivalent feeling is for men.
- 5:33: The major wardrobe failure I had yesterday.
- 9:23: Pro tip: always test drive a cool outfit before an event (especially if it includes shapewear).
- 12:09: The worst wedgie that I have ever had.
- 14:41: I can’t believe I just admitted this, but don’t we all do this?
- 19:20: How turning something embarrassing into something hilarious and relatable tightens bonds.
- 21:18: Let everyone in on the joke, it will change the dynamic.
- 22:24: My ultimate moment of relief.
- 26:22: How turning something embarrassing into something hilarious and relatable tightens bonds.
- 31:09:Why does Amy do stand-up comedy, and can you develop a sense of humor at any point?
- 33:52: According to research, the funnier the person, the more respect and power you hold.
- 38:08: I invite you to do this one thing: laugh at yourself.
Resources and go deeper:
- For Closed Captions: Watch on YouTube and turn on “CC.” For instructions to turn on closed captions, click here.
- The photo of me in the parking lot that I mentioned in the episode.
- Sara Blakely, entrepreneur and founder of Spanx.
- Skims (the brand mentioned in the episode – not sponsored!)
- The Institute of Contemporary Art
- The Mel Robbins Podcast: 4 Simple Ways to Stop Giving a Sh*t About What Other People Think of You.
- Harvard Business Review: How to be funny at work.
- Frontiers in Psychology: Humor in workplace leadership.
- Big Think: Why a good sense of humor is an essential life skill.
- Berkeley: How a little humor can improve your life.
- London School of Economics: Not a joke: leveraging humour at work increases performance, individual happiness, and psychological safety.
- World Economic Forum: Why a sense of humor is an essential life skill.
- University of Central Florida: Self-deprecation and the skill of humor.
- Stanford: Humor is serious business.