Laughing at Yourself

“The person who learns to laugh at himself will never cease to be amused.” Shirley McLaine

We’ve all done something in a social situation that embarrassed us. Who hasn’t spilled food on themselves during a nice dinner out? Or forgot someone’s name? Or, let’s all admit it, accidentally passed gas in public? These things (and other social blunders) make us human. Have you ever listened to someone tell an embarrassing story, but you don’t feel guilty laughing because he or she is laughing along with you? Being able to laugh at yourself is all about confidence and knowing you have a choice in how to react in the situation: You can dwell in your embarrassment (and cringe every time you recall the story) or you can see the humor in the situation, laugh at your human foibles, and have an entertaining story to tell others.