Fun is fun. But when the joke's on you, sometimes it's hard to know how to react, respond, and continue having a good time. If you want to know how to take a joke, then you have to learn to stay calm, be more easygoing, and understand that it comes from a good place. But if the joke is really meant to hurt you, then it's time to stand up for yourself. Keep reading for detailed instructions on how to take a joke after the jump.
Just laugh. Try to remember that most jokes are good-natured attempts at being funny. Sometimes, we take the cheapest route to funny, and usually that takes the form of taking a shot at someone. If the shot's aimed at you, try to remember that person is just trying to be funny - it's probably about him more than about you.
It's a bad idea to respond to a joke with anger. Calm yourself and tell yourself over and over that you do not need to be angry.
Ignore it. If you are offended by the joke, ignore it. Don't laugh at it. If the joker says, "Oh (your name), you can't take a joke!" just ignore it. You can actually end up having a bit of a laugh on him or her just by looking confused and saying something like, "Oh, was that a joke? Huh." Showing the others that you didn't get the humor there can give you a little leg up on the joker without making you look like a jerk.
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