Summary: Do you take life too seriously and are unable to joke? There are reasons for that, but also a way to be able to joke and laugh again, which comes from within.

Are you unable to take a joke, making everything someone else says to you seem more serious than it actually is? And does everything offend you to the point that you no longer have a sense of humor? If so, that is a big problem many people experience today that was non-existent in the past. We’re going to talk about why that is, and how you can learn to laugh again, even at things that you were offended at before.

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The inability to take a joke is often a reflection of self, that you are unhappy with yourself. In today’s world, more and more people are unable to joke, and are often offended at everything. Generally these people have some deep rooted issues that are causing them to be triggered by a joke, statement, or a fact. Their reactions may be extreme and make them look immature. They take life too seriously since they associate the joke with something from the past that upset them, and it makes them uncomfortable. This is an issue of the modern world since it wasn’t like this when I was growing up, nor was it when my parents and grandparents were growing up. It is something new. But why?

Social media plays a big part in one’s self-esteem these days. With access to the Internet and the vast amount of information available to us, we see news articles, posts, and other things promoted to us via social media, or even just a search engine. These posts are designed with click-bait headlines that draw the person in. They often do not read the article for clarification which is often less severe or the opposite of the headline.

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The other reason why people are unable to take a joke, is often due to self-centeredness. They think the world is all about them, and demand for it to be the way they want. If they don’t get what they want, then they throw a temper tantrum. These people often seek validation, again due to what happened in the past, often some sort of trauma, or their parents raising them without any punishment, giving in to their every demand. These people think their way is the only right way, and will shut down the opposition.

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If this sounds like you, and are unable to take a joke, there is one key thing to resolve this, and that is internal. You have to be willing to laugh at yourself. Look at yourself, and recognize your mistakes. Are you able to joke about them? Some things may bring you down, but don’t take life so seriously, and laugh at yourself. Recognize your flaws, disabilities, diseases, and so on, and laugh at them. Life may be hard with those impairments, but if you can learn to laugh at yourself, then you’re on the right path to being able to joke about yourself.

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What offends someone is subjective as there can be humor found in any joke about any subject. We each have a limit of how much we can take. But, laugh at life, at yourself, and people making fun of you since it’s all a show and you are the audience. Laugh and enjoy life. There are far more important things to focus on instead of being offended by every little thing.

Let me know how this works for you. Have a great day!

Additional Info

I grew up during a time where people weren’t easily offended. I remember watching comedians in my teenage years that insulted people based on their sexual orientation, race, disability, it didn’t matter, and it was funny. These days it would never stand, but back then even the people the jokes were about would laugh at them. I joke all the time and can find humor in pretty much anything. I don’t take life that seriously to the point that I worry about upsetting people with jokes. Rather, I’m just being me and saying what’s on my mind. I don’t mean to offend with jokes, but I’d also never say anything intentional that would offend someone either. Anything I say that is offensive is meant as a joke and thus shouldn’t be considered offensive, yet some people find just basic facts I say offensive these days.


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