MORE IDEAS FROM THE ARTICLE
The perception of humor is directly related to the release of built up tension. We are set up through tension to get to a release point of humor. And that release has been shown to actually be good for our health.
We find humor when something happens that doesn't fit with what we expected to happen. It's about the unexpected.
Humor, just like the joy of always learning new things, works by leading us one way and then suddenly shifting our perceptions.
Shock and surprise are needed for that turn, but there must be a destination too.
It says that humor comes from a few necessary conditions:
1. Choosing quality over quantity. Weed out possessions, people, or thoughts that don’t serve you and focus on what adds value to your life.
2. Being responsible (financially and otherwise) so you have the freedom and fluidity to live to your values and remove yourself from unhealthy situations.
3. Being curious about every opportunity offered to you.
4. Discipline. It’s simple and hard at the same time, but so worth it.
5. Having nothing to lose.