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Do you think you’re funny? The best way to get a feel for a country is to try to understand the humor. Laughter is a universally recognized expression of amusement, and joke-telling can become a professional gig for those that truly have a humorous touch.

International Joke Day is the perfect day to let out all of the guffaw producing, or groan-inducing jokes you’ve collected over the years, sharing them with friends or any passerby you can get to listen to you.

Learn about International Joke Day

International Joke Day is not just a day for you to prove to everyone how funny you are. It is the perfect day for you to share laughs and to put a smile on people’s faces, including your own. Whether you prefer to share jokes or you like to listen to them, this is a day that is all about smiling, laughing, and having fun, and who wouldn’t want to be a part of a day like this?

They say that laughter is the best medicine, and a lot of people would agree with this! After all, there are actually a lot of health benefits that are associated with laughing. Laughter draws people together in a manner that triggers healthy emotional and physical changes in the body.

Laughter can help to protect you from the damaging impact of stress, diminish pain, boost mood, and strengthen your immune system. Nothing workers more dependably or quicker to bring your body and mind back into balance than a good old laugh.

Humor keeps you alert, focused, and grounded, as well as connecting you to others, inspiring hope, and lightening your burden. It also helps you to forgive sooner and release anger too. 

You may have also heard that laughter is a good way to burn calories, and this is true too! Of course, this does not mean that you should replace going to the gym with laying on the sofa and watching your favorite comedian.

However, one study concluded that you can brun around 40 calories if you laugh for between 10 and 15 minutes each day. Over the year, this could be enough to lose around four pounds!

History of International Joke Day

International Joke Day seems to have officially begun in the United States but whatever the origins of International Joke Day, it is clear that jokes themselves pre-date by hundreds and hundreds of years. The first joke is often attributed to the Greeks, specifically Palamedes, who is also credited with the invention of many other things. An example of an ancient Greek joke-telling reads thus:

“A barber, a bald man and an absent-minded professor take a journey together. They have to camp overnight, and so decide to take turns watching the luggage. When it’s the barber’s turn, he gets bored, so amuses himself by shaving the head of the professor. When the professor is woken up for his shift, he feels his head, and says “How stupid is that barber? He’s woken up the bald man instead of me.”

Greece also boasts the first comedy club, though its purpose was sharing jokes among friends rather than stand up performances as we have now. Jokes have likely been told since man first looked at himself in a pool of water and passed judgment on his own complexion, so it’s a safe bet that people have been celebrating jokes for a long time.

How to celebrate International Joke Day

There are many options for celebrating! You could simply tell some jokes to a co-worker or friend, or a stranger on the street, whoever seems to need the most hilarity in their day. Or invite your friends over for a joke-telling party! Take turns telling jokes or reading them out of a joke book or online source.

Another option is to visit a local comedy club and listen to a professional (or wannabe pro) tell jokes for a night of fun! Find out if the club has open mic opportunities and consider sharing some jokes of your own.

If going out for a night on the town doesn’t suit your fancy you could pull up some DVD’s of a famous comedian’s standup routine, such as Robin Williams or Jim Carrey or a TV channel may play an hour-long standup comedy special featuring well-known comedians such as Daniel Tosh.

Need some inspiration? Try out these international jokes:

France: “What would a parrot say that got its leg stuck in a freezer? Shiver me timbers.”
“ ’You’re a high-priced lawyer! If I give you 500 dollars, will you answer two questions?’
‘Absolutely! What’s the second question?’ ”

Belgium: “Well, you see, there are basically three kinds of people in the world: those who can count and those that can’t.”

Sweden:  ‘A guy phones the local hospital and yells, ‘You’ve gotta send help! My wife’s in labor!’
The nurse says, ‘Calm down. Is this her first child?’
He replies, ‘No! This is her husband!’

Canada: You know you’re from Canada when….

  • Driving in the winter is better because all the potholes are filled in with snow.
  • If the local newspaper requires 2 pages for national and international headlines but requires three for hockey.
  • If “vacation” means going anywhere south of Detroit for the weekend.
  • If you’ve had a lengthy telephone conversation with someone who dialed a wrong number.
  • If you find -40C a “little chilly.”

China: I was walking down the mall with a friend yesterday when he turned to me and said, “Seeing all those flags on display makes me so proud of my country.”
“But Chan, you’re Chinese,” I replied, “All those flags are British.”
“No they’re not,” he laughed, “just take a look at those labels!”

A lot of people will tell you that a good joke is all in the delivery. So, we have some tips to help you deliver your jokes like a true pro. Here are some tips in order to make sure your jokes do not go down like a led balloon.

  • Have fun! This is the most important ingredient. If you are not having fun, how do you expect your audience to laugh and enjoy themselves as well?
  • Pay attention to the way that you deliver the joke. Communication and personality are critical. A lot of comics light up the room before they have even told a joke. This is because they are emotive and they are present. 
  • Know your audience. After all, different people find different things funny. Political jokes are found hilarious by some, whereas others feel that they touch too close to home, so keep this in mind when you are thinking about the sort of joke to tell. 
  • Confidence is key. Your stage presence, even if you are not on a stage, can be the difference as to whether your joke lands or not. Confidence is so important. 
  • Get the timing right. This is something that is linked to confidence. Some people rush through jokes when they are nervous, and this can throw everything off.

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