many members of our website asked how to stop unnecessary laughing in front of others or at a presentation.
is laughing a huge problem?
I as a person who cares about satire in presentation try to use it as much as I can to make the audience happier and simply accompany me.
I believe laughter and pranks are significant factors of being happy and positive. They can help us to have a better life. But we all know that excessiveness is not proper behavior.
When we have unnecessary laughing, the audience may think there is something wrong with us.
How to know controlling our laugh is a problem for us to solve?
We may not be able to determine a criterion for it. It can be hard to understand, but we try to bring some simple ways with which you can figure out if you have this problem or not.
1- Laughing in a none-funny situation. (the way everyone is looking at you).
2- When you can’t control your laugh when others stopped.
3- When your laughter makes others laugh
4- Others tell you: “why do you laugh like this?”
If you have any of these features, you have a problem of unnecessary laughing, and you need to fix it.
I was the same and had unnecessary laughing.
At first, when others asked me questions about this, I thought how stupid! But when I reconsidered it, I remembered I was the same in some years of my life before. I had an unnecessary laughing. I laughed when someone was speaking behind the tribune at school. I laughed loudly in the class and even when others weren’t laughing, I couldn’t stop. My teachers threw me out of the class several times because if it.
When I worked for TV shows about astronomy, I laughed when they were shooting, and it made them upset.
I don’t have any of these problems now. In one of my seminars, some of the audience in VIP tried to make me laugh while I was presenting and I didn’t even smile.
In this article, I teach you how to control unnecessary laughing.
The origin of disability in controlling your unnecessary laughing
Before I start talking about it, I need to say that if you are a teenager, this problem fades away while you grow up because when you are a teenager, the excitement hormone, heightened dopamine makes you laugh a lot.
Of course, it can be originated from other factors:
1- You can learn from family and people you are close to
2- Hormone disorder that results in Excessive dopamine secretion.
3- In a short time of your life, something hilarious happened to you (which will fade away after some time)
4- Low self-confidence makes you believe that you don’t have control over youself.
Maybe I am not an expert in determining the origins of laughing, so I prefer to go to the part where I teach you how to control it.
How to control unnecessary laughing
The six simple ways to control your laugh will work perfectly if you practice them.
1- Think about the situation
Maybe the first step is to consider in which situation we are.
Once, I was about 8 or 9 years old and one of our relatives had passed away. We were mourning in one of our elders’ house. Suddenly the phone rang, and I picked it up. Instead of saying hi, I said a sentence of prays for dead people. At that moment everyone including me started laughing. Suddenly they remembered where are we and we are mourning so many of them could stop laughing.
You need to remember the situation and the environment you are in; then there is a chance to control yourself.
2- Distract yourself
You can use every trick to distract yourself. For example, math problems are perfect distractions because you have to think about it deeply. You can try to multiple 3 in your mind: 3, 6, 9, 12, etc.
Or even count it backward: 27, 24, 21, etc.
Or any other math problems that distract you.
3- Unconscious conditioning
As we said in “why do we use filler words?,” conditioning is one of the most effective ways to control involuntary actions like using filler words. Laughing is one of the involuntary actions too. To understand this part, you have to read “words to use instead of filler words.”
In this method, we want to reprogram our unconscious mind. To stop laughing in the wrong situations, you have to punish yourself. For example, when you laugh where you don’t have to, pinch yourself or hit your hand. (not so hard, we only want our brain to know that this is what happens when you laugh in wrong moments).
Another way is to bite your cheek from inside your mouth without hurting yourself. It messes with your facial forms while you laugh and teaches your brain a lesson at the same time.
4- Start coughing
One of the ways to stop unnecessary laughing that others recommend very much (but I haven’t tried it myself) is to change your laugh into a cough. Others can’t notice your laughter if it’s a combination of laughing and coughing.
5- Exhale so hard
One of the funny and effective ways is to exhale all the air you have in your lungs so that you don’t have enough air for laughing. (not the ways you nearly suffocate yourself).
6- Bite your lower lip
If none of the five ways we mentioned didn’t work, try to bite your lower lip without hurting yourself.