The Benign Violations Theory
It says that humor comes from a few necessary conditions:
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Trickster humor is all about finding contradictions that we've stopped noticing and pointing them out. It is also about crossing boundaries that are normally left intact. The tone of voice and the posture are essential to the humor.
If there were an Olympics in martyrdom, my grandmother would have lost on purpose…
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