You’ve Got to Be Joking!

I don’t know about you, but I get a lot of joke stuff arriving in my email. I’ve got one buddy in particular who hardly lets a day go by without sending something.

Sometimes they’re side-splittingly hilarious, and other times they just don’t make the grade — it’s a question of taste I suppose.

Anyway, I was cleaning up my folders in Outlook Express recently to make some space on my hard disk (I’ve got a whopping 20 Gb and I’m already getting low on space — must be all those MP3s…)

Well, anyway, I knew that my ‘Jokes’ folder was taking up a lot of memory (it’s full of images, video files and so on), so I decided that a major cull was needed.

As I went down the list, I had no problem deleting the turkeys, but it broke my heart to delete the jokes that could still make me laugh second time around.

And then it hit me. Why not make an ebook full of all the funniest stuff? That way, I can delete them from my hard disk and pack them all neatly into a single, compressed ebook file. And, thus, the idea for “101 Hilarious Jokes To eMail Your Friends” was born.

It was never my intention to actually sell this ebook. However, it was never my expectation either, that it would prove to be such a resounding success.

Sure, I knew it would be popular with visitors. After all a joke collection is always a popular idea and, if it’s free, well hey, all the better.

The point though is, I never fully appreciated just how much additional traffic this funny little book could generate. I get at least 100 extra visitors EVERY DAY thanks to a book that I just put together to save disk space.

Not bad for two hours of enjoyable ‘work’.

So what’s the moral of the story?

Well there are three of them:

MORAL# 1: Free ebooks are a terrific way to promote any online business.

MORAL# 2: People like jokes! Humor is always in demand and, yes, a lot of people are willing to pay for it.

But here’s a tip if you plan on selling joke ebooks — don’t make a general “101 Jokes” ebook. It would sell some copies, but not enough. A far better approach is to target SPECIFIC audiences.

Instead of ‘101 Hilarious Jokes To eMail Your Friends’, why not “101 Hilarious Jokes For Expectant Moms”, “101 Hilarious Jokes For Lawyers With A Conscience” or “101 Hilarious Jokes For Dairy Farmers”.

Okay, I admit, that the second title wouldn’t have much of a market:-), but imagine the novelty gift idea value of the others.

Okay, specialist joke books will take you longer to compile than general joke books, but think of the fun you’ll have along the way.

Once you’ve finished compiling an appropriate collection of jokes for the target market, all you’ve got to do is ensure that you aim your promotion at the right people and, hey presto, you’re in the money!

MORAL# 3: There is an infinite number of ideas for top-selling ebooks and coming up with those ideas is much easier than you may think. And, once you know how to pluck great ideas out of thin air, your success in ebook publishing is a simple matter of promoting your ebooks to the right target market.

Have fun!

Funny Jokes, Laughter and Its Benefits

Funny jokes make our life lighter, happier and easier. Life is full of struggle, tensions and shocks. We are so busy in our lives that we forget how to smile. Life is very fast and things are getting tougher. So sharing some short jokes reduces our stress and we start laughing. When you laugh, your well-wishers also feel good. It balances our life. A writer once said that “The most wasted day is that in which we have not laughed.”

Sometimes situations make us laugh and if you are not finding any situation to laugh on, take the help of funny jokes. Listening or sharing humor provides us a sense of self-satisfaction. It makes the atmosphere colorful. Everyone likes it. It makes the moment enjoyable. We also utilize our time and always remember the happy moments.

Funny jokes result in laughter and we able to forget all the work pressures of life. There are lots of benefits of sharing funny pranks and having laughter.

So here I would like to share some most important benefits:-

  • Your list of friends rapidly increases because people love the people who make them laugh.
  • It boost your immune system and you become more healthy.
  • When you laugh, your body organs get messaged.
  • It also dissolves anger, irritation, stress and depression.
  • It helps in overcome conflicts.
  • It sharpen your qualities.

Lots of unimportant things keep on running in your mind and unnecessary disturb you. Sharing jokes distract you from all negative things. It is infectious. It is rightly been said that laughter is the best medicine. It is good for us from all angels. Our brain get relaxed. Lots of diseases stay way from jolly nature persons.

So when you feel the shortage of laughter, share or listen some funny jokes and laugh as much as you can. You must have heard about laughter clubs. They just laugh together without any reason. They laugh because they know that it is going to benefit them. So if fake laugh can give good effect on your health than the real laughter is like a boon. Apply the laughter to your lives with pranks and humorous material. Life is so short to make enemies. So be good with everyone and enjoy life. It is good work to make people laugh. It feels good when you see someone happy. Spread laughter and humor around you. People appreciate you for that.

How To Use Humor Successfully In Your Business Communications

For generations people have been saying that laughter is good medicine. And now the scientists have taken an interest it turns out great-grandma was right. The boffins have discovered that laughter releases helpful goodies in the body which boost your immune system. In fact the therapeutic benefits of laughter are now being harnessed by academia and the business community into laughter workshops and other formalized chuckle sessions. Get the workers laughing and you raise productivity, so it seems.

However it is extremely easy to get humor wrong. And a joke that’s sent to someone who doesn’t see the funny side will create more ill health through raised blood pressure than a few laughs could ever cure.

So what’s the answer? How do we harness humor and make it work for us, not against us?

People often say that the internet’s international nature makes it an unsuitable environment for humor for fear of it not translating across national boundaries – and inadvertently causing offense. But there are a couple of simple rules which – although not universal panaceas that always work – can help you use humor without risk.

Use humor about situations, not people. If you think about it, the butt of many jokes and other humor is a person or group of people, so it’s hardly surprising that offense is caused. The more extreme types are obvious – mother-in-law jokes, blonde jokes, women jokes, men jokes – but there are many more subtle ones too.

Then there are the nationality gags. I remember in one year hearing exactly the same joke (in three different languages) told by an American about the Polish, by a Canadian about Newfoundlanders, by a French person about Belgians, by a French-speaking Belgian about the Flemish, and by a Flemish person about the Dutch.

Obviously most humor is going to involve people in one way or another. But as long as the butt of the joke is a situation or set of circumstances, not the people, you’re far less likely to upset anyone. And there is an added advantage here. Whoever they are and wherever they come from, people will usually identify with a situation. Take this one for example…

Some people are driving along at night and are stopped by a police car. The officer goes to the driver and warns him that one of the rear lights on his SUV isn’t working. The driver jumps out and looks terribly upset. The officer reassures him that he won’t get a ticket, it’s just a warning, so there’s no problem. “Oh yes there is a problem,” says the man as he rushes towards the back of the car. “if you could see my rear lights it means I’ve lost my trailer.”

As the butt of the joke is the broken rear light and the loss of the trailer, not the policeman or the driver, no-one can be offended. And most people can identify with how that would feel.

The other key issue with humor is wordplays, puns, and anything else that’s based on figurative speech, slang, or jargon. The short answer is they don’t work internationally. However if the play or double entendre is in the concept rather than the words, it probably will work.

These may be funny to us, but would not be understood by anyone who is not a good English speaker because there is a play on the words:

* Deja moo: The feeling that you’ve heard this bull before.
* The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity.

These, however, probably would be understood because the humor is in the concept, not in the words themselves:

* You don’t stop laughing because you grow old. You grow old because you stop laughing.
* The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was.

Overall, I think it’s wise to use humor as a spicy condiment in your business comms. And just as you would with the chili powder, use it in moderation if you don’t know the audience well… and if you know they have a very sensitive palate, don’t use it at all!