Humor As A Life Skill

  • Reframing a negative event in an amusing light doesn't allow the negativity to trigger a depressive episode.
  • People who score highly in certain types of humor have better self-esteem, are more positive, have greater self-competency, more control over anxiety, and better performance in social situations.
  • Laughter can boost cardiovascular health and lower heart rates, blood pressure, and muscular tension.
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What Humor Is

The three major approaches on what humor is and where it comes from:

  • The relief theory claims that laughter and humor are a way to discharge psychic energy.
  • The superiority theory points out why we laugh at other's bad luck; humor is here a way of affirming one's superiority over others.
  • The incongruity theory states that humor appears when two contrasting ideas are blended; here the punchlines are often the result of an accidental, unexpected reversal.

There appears to be some genetic component to humor; researchers have linked a sense of humor to certain variants of the 5-HTTLPR gene.

But there's no such thing as a completely humorless individual. If you want to boost your sense of humor, try to look at the funny side of life.

Researchers described four types of humor:

  • Affiliative humor: this is the humor designed to enhance social bonds.
  • Self-enhancing humor: this is similar to having a humorous, playful view of life in general.
  • Aggressive humor: it happens when we are mocking others.
  • Self-defeating humor: this happens when we favor jokes that are self-deprecating.

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  • Humor has many practical uses, like diffusing a difficult situation, masking one’s nervousness, coping with failure and softening the criticism doled out to someone. 
  • Humor works well in social situations and helps people who are starting any relationship to build a bond.
  • Funny people are perceived as attractive, smart and personable.

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In workplaces that encourage people to be themselves--that are less hierarchical and more innovative--people tend to be more open with their humor."

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