How to Stop Giggling at an Inappropriate Time

Trouble Saver: How to Stop Giggling at an Inappropriate Time

If you've got the giggles, but can't just laugh it out as it would be inappropriate in certain situations, we shall help you out in such situations. Find in this article how to stop giggling at an inappropriate time. Keep reading.
SocialMettle Staff
Last Updated: Mar 8, 2018
There are times when your laughter is not called for, especially in some serious situations. And trust me it is not easy to kill your urge to laugh. However, if you burst out laughing you might end up offending someone and not to forget make a fool of yourself. I had something like this happen to me in my high school during our computer practicals. Everyone of us was working on our computers and my teacher (with all due respect) fell out of his chair and hit the floor hard. Everyone went to check if he was OK and I was hiding behind the monitor and laughing my stomach out! Trust me I have a tough time hiding my giggles and more in serious situations like this. Here, thankfully I had the monitor to hide myself, but in most other cases people either end up making a fool of themselves or hurt someone's feelings. Well... it is difficult to hold back your laughter and I wouldn't recommend it either, but in case of certain situations it becomes important to stifle a laugh. Here are a few of the tricks I used to conceal my laughter in grave situations, you might want to have a look at and use them cleverly.

How To Stop Laughing At Inappropriate Times
  1. Avoid eye contact with your colleagues if you are sitting in a meeting because inopportune laughter can be infectious. Also try to remind yourself about the situation you are in and tell yourself it is not a laughable situation. It will help you maintain a more serious behavior.
  2. Another trick that works best is pinching yourself, biting your lower lip or your inner cheeks. Causing this kind of strong physical sensation could act as a distraction and help you in beating the urge to laugh out loudly. Bite it gently though because previously in my attempt to do the same I later developed a swollen lip and a sore tongue for biting so hard.
  3. Disguise your laughing fit with a coughing fit. Pretend as if you are coughing when you are just about to squeeze out a laugh. Cover your mouth by putting your hands over them and move away from the crowd. Be careful of not holding your breath as that can emit an even louder laugh.
  4. On occasions like a funeral, when people sing whilst crying, drifting away off key, you can't help but laugh. Not that you are mean or being mean, just that it is inappropriate yet funny at the same time. In situations like this cover your face with a handkerchief or your hands and pretend that you are crying.
  5. If nothing works the best thing is to excuse yourself and move away from the serious situation. Politely make an excuse and leave the room for a few minutes, smirk privately, take a few deep breaths then return to the room.
  6. Although yawning is an involuntary action, one can easily fake it. Trust me it works, with yawning you can easily overcome your urge to laugh easily. Moreover, while you yawn you get to cover your mouth! Caution: don't make your yawning look like you are not interested, it might be all the more offensive than laughing.
  7. Divert your attention! While you are in a meeting, there might arise an urge to laugh which is not called for, but you still have to follow professional etiquette. In such cases shift the focus! Stare out of the window or think about anything bizarre until the urge goes away.
  8. You can also open your mouth wide and let the laughter out silently without even smiling. It seems very stupid, but it works and saves you from the embarrassment of laughing in an odd situation.
  9. If there is a paper or book lying in front of you, pick it up; pretend as if you are reading it and laugh it out. For example if you are sitting at the airport and somebody slips down, I am sure you cannot control but laugh (unless she is badly hurt, go to her rescue in that case) in that case this tip can be used to avoid embarrassment.
  10. Those who hate maths, this probably is the last thing you would want to do. Yet it works, do a multiplication table in your head. Pick up the toughest one, for that will not only divert your attention but you will also have to do some mental calculations if you are not good at them.
Don't be guilty for wanting to laugh. Laughing at a situation like this doesn't really make you a mean or callous person, it just means you couldn't control your laughter at the moment. It's a human emotion and in case your laughter is detected, apologize sincerely and explain you didn't do it to cause any offense or hurt anybody's feelings.

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