Now and then (okay, way too often) I misread someone’s humor and become angry. If you remember, it is my primary emotion. During one of these moments, someone mentioned how much easier life would be if we were in a sitcom, instead of real life.
They explained the following rules that would help all of us.
1. There is a laugh track in the background so you know when someone is joking, or attempting humor.
2. The show only lasts 30 minutes so all arguments or fights can only last until the credits role.
Genius. How do we put these two into action?
Important Tip: We have to agree to these two rules with people around us before the next conflict starts. Don’t wait until the argument starts to try these out.
Applying Rule #1: When you are attempting to be funny, and it seems to cause a rise in someone else, just laugh out loud in one of those annoying laugh track sort of ways. Maybe even add some clapping for yourself.
“Ha, Ha, Ha….Bhaaaaaaahaaaaaaahaaaa!”
Applying Rule #2: When the next argument starts, look at your watch. Know that the credits will role in 30 minutes, and you have time for commercial and bathroom breaks. Talk it out, but set this boundary so that you are working towards the solution within defined limits.
Try it out, and feel free to use Rule #1 to help you not take things so seriously before moving to Rule #2.