Nobody likes to be made to look like a fool but actually embracing the foolish side of your personality could give your life a refreshing perspective as well as a boost when it comes to your career.
April Fool’s Day is almost upon us and that means a wealth of groan-worthy practical jokes. While silliness is accepted on this day of the year at other times having the ability to laugh at yourself and making light of situations is often seen as a sign of weakness – especially in the workplace.
But sometimes being the fool – in the right way – can be beneficial for your wellbeing and your career too.
Being lighthearted, able to laugh at yourself and seeing the funny side of life does not mean you can’t be taken seriously, and yet in the workplace these attributes aren’t always seen as being positive.
But instead of being trodden down by people’s vision of what you are potentially capable of, use it to your advantage. As Steve Jobs once said: “One of the best opportunities you can be given in life is to be underestimated!”
If people don’t have high expectations of you, they’ll often be shocked by what you can deliver. It’s better to underpromise and overdeliver than the other way around.
Confidence is key in the workplace and in all other walks of life, and if you’re comfortable with who you are – joker or not – you’ll succeed. If you’ve got a natural comedic streak, why hide it? Instead of wasting time trying to impress someone by being what you think they want you to be you can impress them with your authenticity and hopefully your wit. Which brings us on to our next point.
Being able to make people laugh is a gift and not one that should be overlooked. There’s a reason why dating sites are packed with people who are looking for someone with a sense of humour. There’s something magical about having the ability to make those around us smile.
We’re not talking about being self deprecating and definitely not berating yourself; but falling down and getting back up with a smile on your face is a far healthier way to deal with a situation than with a rant at yourself or others. It’s all about seeing failure as a valuable lesson, rather than a mistake.
People are much more likely to trust and like you if you can laugh at yourself from time to time and be good natured if you find yourself at the butt of a joke.
Laughter in itself triggers physical, chemical and emotional reactions – happy hormones – in the body and boosts our wellness no end. The American Heart Association even recommends laughter for a healthy heart.
Laughter means less stress which is good for us all round and there’s no denying that a smile is more appealing than a frown.
Not to mention laughing gives you brighter eyes and puts those facial muscles through a workout.
On that note, enjoy April Fool’s – it’s a reminder that Spring is finally here and that sunnier days are ahead.
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