Eighty percent of people claim they have a good sense of humor, but 96% of them can't tell a joke, experts say. There are many other ways to lighten up:
Practice having fun; it then becomes easier to access at any time.
Make this your motto: "Things matter, but don't be so serious."
Simplify your life.
Remember that death is part of life.
Share your troubles with others; it may open up a way to laugh about it.
Learn to play a musical instrument.
Tell funny stories.
Keep a scrapbook at home of funny things your children say; get out the book and laugh at the memories.
Wear a rubber clown nose while scolding your children.
Take mini-breaks throughout the day, about one every 90 minutes, and look for something to laugh about.
At work, bring kazoos to meetings and allow everyone to hum their appreciation of a good idea.
Have one dress-down day a week.
Hold a "thanks in advance" party for each new employee on the first day of work.