Take a Humor Inventory!


Do you know anyone who loves to laugh?  No matter how serious the situation, this person seems to find something to laugh about?   We are not extolling the virtues of nervous laughter – pretending things are great when they are not. Rather, it is the ability to see the lightness and silver lining in every cloud that gives us lightness.  Laughter makes life more fun, more enjoyable, more playful.  Children have little problem laughing and playing.  Why is it often so hard for adults to play and laugh?  After all, no one else takes you so seriously, why should you?

 As the adage goes, “Laughter is the shock absorber that eases the blows of life”

 The following questions will help you take stock of your “humor inventory.”

Rate each item on the scale from 1-5



       1                  2                        3                        4                        5 


______  1.  Do you take yourself way too seriously?



______  2.   Are you too busy to find the humor in things?


______  3.  Are you involved with “important things” to look at the funny side of life?


_______ 4.   Are you worried about what others think about you?


_______ 5.  On average, I do not laugh a lot.


_______ 6.  There is not much that strikes me as funny


________ 7.  I have not had a “good laugh” in quite some time. 


Total Score and Divide by 7: 

Total Score ___________  Divide by 7 ____________   equals your score


Where does your score fall?  

Score                                     Interpretation of your numeric score                

   1            Superb:  Your Humor Quotient is unusually high!  Keep up the good work!

   2           Very Good:  You have a very good ability to see the lightness in life!

   3            Average:  Your Humor Quotient could use some boosting

   4            Needs Work:  Look for more opportunities to lighten your load

   5            Needs a lot of Work: Life is too serious to be taken so seriously!  Try to find more

 f   fffffffff  lightness in your life!  If your mood is low, consider getting professional help.


What was your score and what are some ways that you can improve your Humor Quotient? 




5 thoughts on “Take a Humor Inventory!

  1. Dara

    I cannot understand why people don’t laugh a lot more. Life is serious enough, give yourself a break

  2. Judy Belmont

    I could not agree with you more! I love this quote by Elbert Hubbard:
    “Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.”

  3. A

    In The Bishop’s Wife, Cary Grant’s character, Dudley, said “I’m at my most serious when I’m laughing!” Not saying, laugh at a funeral, etc. but laughter is the medicine for a distressed soul.


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