The influential philosopher of the late 19th century, often called the “Father of American Psychology,” understood that a sense of humor was as valuable an attribute as common sense.
There is deep wisdom at the heart of humor. It allows you to look at challenges with a lens that frees you from defeat. Laughter lowers stress levels, permits you to comfortably engage with others, and allows you to diffuse difficult situations.
You don’t have to be laugh-out-loud funny to have a sense of humor. All you need, as Eric Idle sang in the musical, Spamalot, is a willingness to “look at the bright side of life.”
Humor allows you to see the ironic, the satirical, and the whimsical in circumstances around you. It need not be dark, profane, or sarcastic to be funny. Humor is clever because it invites you to consider different points of view.
A sense of humor is the leading attribute people look for when they want to build relationships with others. If you can find the absurdity in your own circumstances, you can keep them from getting you down. Victor Borge was correct when he said, “Laughter is the closest distance between two people.”
At no other time in history did large audiences gather to watch celebrity housewives be notoriously mean and nasty, bachelors and bachelorettes systematically slash each other up and out of one another’s lives, and listen to Donald Trump shout “You’re fired” at hopeful prospects humbly vying for a position within his firm. Except at the Colosseum. 1900 years ago. What we once called “rudeness” is now considered “entertainment.”
Our planet desperately needs brave souls with a sense of humor. And kind hearts. They make the world a brighter place to be.
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