The Kick of the Discovery Theory
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.
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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.
It says that humor comes from a few necessary conditions:
We find humor when something happens that doesn't fit with what we expected to happen. It's about the unexpected.
It suggest that our humor is derived from the misfortune of others, which makes us feel superior.
That explains for example why a lot of us find it funny when people fall down.
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, America pioneered the concept of stand-up comedy, an art form that was an odd kind of basic, no-frills entertainment. A person facing a crowd, with a mic in hand, has to make them laugh.
The origins of stand-up comedy are traced to burlesque shows at New York City’s vaudeville theaters, mostly catering to people familiar with modern city life. The initial shows by the earliest ‘stand-up’ comedians were short and full of slapstick humor, as if racing to please the audience in the least amount of time.
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.
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