“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.” -Anonymous
You know that laugh.
Maybe it's someone else's or maybe it's yours.
It seems that we've all done it at some point in our lives but eventually it is necessary to outgrow it.
This is usually how it goes down along with the thought process:
Your coworker likes to tell knock knock jokes every day. You fucking hate knock knock jokes and you've never found a single one funny. However, everytime he tells you a knock knock joke, you find yourself trying to please him or save him from possible humiliation by artificially engaging some facial muscles.
"If I don't laugh people will think I'm cold or a dick"
"If I don't laugh he'll hate me for making him look like a fool"
"If I laugh he'll be satisfied and leave me alone"
When you fake a laugh, you become a traitor to your authentic self. Whenever you fake who you are, you're doing yourself a huge disservice as you will end up feeling guilty and the other person will be wasting their time. In fact, studies show that you're not fooling anyone with your fake laugh.
Instead of faking your laugh the next time someone tells you a crappy joke, just say "Hey [First Name], I've been meaning to tell you this but I don't really like knock knock jokes". Of course you can swap out "knock knock jokes" for whatever type of joke or topic of joke that you don't find very funny. This will not only stop them from telling you crappy jokes, but they may even try to tell jokes that you actually might enjoy.