Why We Laugh at the Pandemic
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For ancient Greek philosophers, humor was something that had the potential to undermine authority and the good order.
Today, in democratic societies, those in power are mocked and their power undermined, as in Saturday Night Live in the United States, and Have I Got News for You in Britain.
Poking fun at the ills of the world is only funny if they are considered benign. No one is making memes about child abuse that may increase during periods of enforced domestic isolation.
Observations about people's behavior can be funny if they poke fun at a social norm in a relatively inoffensive way, such as hoarding toilet paper.
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Good Humor Promotes Bonding.
Clumsy Humor is a Risk. Your audience might take offence instead of laugh.
The use of humor enhances people’s
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70% of our happiness comes from your relationships with other people. And the social distancing situation has left some with zero people around them.
So reach out. Extended time without social contact is bad: Send a text, make that phone/video call, anything you want to let people know you care and are thinking about them.
Ask people if they need anything. There are people out there in need of a little more than well wishes right now. And when people see others helping, they’re more likely to help.
Also, if you need help, don’t be afraid to ask for it.
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... to recover from a mistake with humor:
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The model is a young lady who poses typically for the period, however, letting a smile be seen on her face.
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