You’ve probably been told that effectively saving money involves keeping track of your expenses, budgeting and clipping coupons. It’s all about responsibility, good sense and being mature.
These are important skills to learn, of course — but most people would agree that they are also quite a chore. What if saving money could include fun and laughter?
Your sense of humor can take you a long way as far as saving money goes. This doesn’t mean you need to go out and get a job in the comedy business — unless that’s your thing. Still, your laughter can save you money because humor can easily affect how you save and budget.
Earn Respect and Trust When Negotiating
You may not know this, but laughter isn’t just about jokes — it’s a social behavior, one that we use to communicate with others that we like and understand them.
Naturally, if you’re able to make someone laugh, it’s a sign that they like you. People ease up and lower their guard when they’re laughing, and they’ll feel more positively toward you if you make them laugh. Because of this, they’ll be more likely to trust you and to want to help you.
If you’re communicating with your boss about a potential raise in your pay, make him or her laugh. You can make jokes at your own expense to ease tension and create a more relaxed atmosphere for negotiation.
Make sure you have a feel for your audience — if your boss’s sense of humor doesn’t align with yours or if your jokes are excessive, you will actually create tension and undermine your goal.
If you’re making a purchase and negotiating with a salesperson, your humor may be the only weapon you have against their sales experience and expertise. Humor has been shown to increase others’ willingness to listen to you and to deflect arguments — this could be the key to getting a better deal.
You can do the same thing with people to whom you owe expenses. If you’re trying to barter down a bill you owe, for example, you’ll have a much easier time if the other party is laughing.
Better Health Means Fewer Expenses
You’ve heard it before — “laughter is the best medicine.” This isn’t just a metaphor, because laughter really has been shown to improve one’s health.
Laughter releases endorphins, which benefit you and your body in more ways than one.
Regularly laughing can lower your blood pressure, strengthen your immune system, boost your mood, decrease your stress, strengthen and relax your muscles, deepen and improve your breathing patterns and even prevent heart disease.
While not a substitute for a doctor or medicine, laughter’s healing effects are significant. If you’re laughing daily, you’ll likely end up spending less on healthcare and saving money.
Turn Work Into Laughter
If you’re not enjoying your job, you’re not going to be very productive. This will affect how others, particularly your boss, view you in the workplace. You won’t be in a strong position to negotiate better pay or a promotion if you aren’t performing to the best of your ability.
When appropriate, make your coworkers laugh. Encourage humor in your workplace relationships and you’ll find that not only will your attitude about your job change, but the morale of all your fellow employees will improve as well. Humor can motivate, and laughter stimulates creativity, focus, critical thinking and problem-solving ability.
When your coworkers like and respect you, it doesn’t go unnoticed. You will be rewarded for your humorous contributions to your company or organization.
Getting Out of a Sticky Situation
Imagine you’ve just gotten pulled over. You were speeding, but not by much, and you’re desperately trying to think of an excuse to help get you out of the ticket — or at the very least lessen your fine.
But excuses are not nearly as effective as jokes. The officer who pulled you over has likely heard enough excuses from other traffic violators that whatever you come up with will likely have been said before.
Why not try a new approach? Remember, humor builds rapport and makes the other party more inclined to listen to and like the humorist. Relaxing the officer and putting him or her in a good mood will likely improve your chances of paying a lesser fine or getting off with a warning.
Of course, breaking the law is no laughing matter. Strike an appropriate balance between joking with the officer and showing him or her your respect and your remorse for the violation you’ve committed.
Improving and Saving Relationships
If you’re living with or married to your significant other, you likely share a lot of things — including expenses. Losing your special someone is going to take a toll on your wallet, especially if it involves divorce.
Humor is actually the number one quality people look for in a significant other. Couples who laugh and smile together often typically report higher levels of satisfaction in their relationships. It’s a great way to help you relate to your partner.
Laughter can make you physically feel better, which will lead to you and your partner being nicer to one another. This will open up communication and ease conflicts, making you more understanding and receptive toward one another.
These tips are just a few of the ways that laughter can help you save money and live a little better.