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Strategies for Dealing with Humordoomers

by Mary Kay Morrison

How to Deal with Humordoomers?

  • Kill them with kindness.
  • Ask them what makes them happy.
  • Give compliments.
  • Pick your battles.
  • Share encouragement and listen.
  • Tell a silly story to get them to laugh.
  • Do not judge them.
  • Ignore negative comments.
  • Do not let them impact your mood.
  • As a last resort—avoid them. 
Mary Kay is the Past President of the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor . She is the founder of the AATH Humor Academy CHP (Certified Humor Professional) Program.   Mary Kay is also a member of our Centre for Optimism.
  • Ideas for improving your humor practice can be found in Mary Kay’s book, Using Humor to Maximize Learning; The Links between the Positive Emotions and Education.  

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