How comedy, laughter and humor can improve your life
Posted on January 16, 2023
By Joshua Glawson.
Laughter has tremendous social and health benefits and can help improve memory capacity. Recent years have seen a resurgence of comedy, with dad jokes, stand-up comedy, skits, and workplace humor. Although humor varies from culture to culture, making people laugh has the universal effect of making people happy and brightening up those around them.
Export Raymond is an excellent documentary that explores cultural differences in humor. It has to do with deployment sitcom America Everyone Loves Raymond in a different culture while maintaining comedic appeal to all audiences.
According to comedy writer Scott Dikkers, founding editor of the satirical news website Shallotthere are 11 categories of humor:
- Irony: the intended meaning is the opposite of the literal meaning
- Character: comic character who acts based on personality traits
- References: common experiences that viewers can relate to
- Shock: shocking jokes usually involve sex, drugs, crude humor, and swearing
- Parody: Unconventional imitation of a familiar character, trope, or cliché
- Hyperbole: exaggerating to the point of absurdity
- Word games: puns, rhymes, double meanings, etc.
- Analogy: a comparison of two different things
- Farfelu: crazy, stupid, senseless
- Meta-humor: jokes about jokes or comedic ideas
- Misplaced focus: attention is on the wrong thing
Of course, humor isn’t appropriate for all situations or environments, but finding that balance goes a long way in social interaction. Humor can lighten the mood, boost morale, encourage positivity, increase energy, refresh the outlook, build and strengthen interpersonal relationships, and stimulate cognitive thinking. But no matter how hard you try, some will continue to take offense at just about anything, not smiling, not laughing, being jealous, or getting into trouble for those who share their humor.
Thorin Klosowski, Editor at New York Time which includes privacy and security for Cable cutter, explained that the best way to deal with stingy people is: first, find the person’s baseline to determine whether it is a personality trait or dissent; secondly, to get the opinion of three other people with little contact in order to know the different viewpoints of the person concerned; third, ask the person directly and respectfully “why” they think that.
Still, don’t worry, because most people will still appreciate tasteful comedy. A good sense of humor is generally associated with intelligence, a fun personality and work ethic.
Another benefit of humor is that it improves health. Jonathan Novello of Michigan State University explains that laughter is medicine in five ways:
- It is a powerful endorphin release that creates a feeling of euphoria.
- This creates social bonds through contagion, which also releases endorphins.
- It has an effect similar to antidepressants by releasing serotonin.
- It improves everyone’s mental health.
- It protects your heart with natural anti-inflammatory effects that help the cardiovascular system.
Various independent studies show other health benefits.
A 15-year study of 53,556 women and men in Norway showed that having a good sense of humor can significantly increase life expectancy, according to Scientific American. As if those “Live, Laugh, Love” signs might serve a purpose (even if some of us feel like freezing to death every time we see them).
For Cass man Evan Cassidy, stand-up entertainer and improv comedian from Southern California, comedy and laughter play an important role in healing individuals and communities. Evan talks about genuine comedy as opposed to fancy shows and TV specials, being much more direct and raw in his delivery while serving as a catalyst for bonding.
In a recent interview, he described the comedy as follows:
“Live stand-up comedy is a special show. He often fails to be funny. One man said that laughter is the best medicine for making you spend $75 on admission and drinks at a comedy club. Comedy is a laugh-provoking business. It’s like a massage of the soul, mind and nerves. I’ve never laughed as much as I did when I was sitting in a restaurant with some friends. When you laugh out loud, it’s like winning a showdown with the absurdity and uncertainty of life, my unpaid bills, interpersonal conflicts, and wars abroad. »
The third benefit of humor is the practical application of memory improvement through mind games. By memorizing lots of jokes as stand-up comedians do or for most people just wanting to know a few funny jokes to share, one naturally improves their memorization skills. This process is rewarded and reinforced by laughter and the social connection that the person creates with jokes and helps connect thoughts for faster response times. This internal reward system works by releasing dopamine when a joke is told and well received by the audience, further increasing the joke’s retention for later recall. This, in turn, strengthens the muscles needed to build memory.
Imagine reading dad jokes every day and using them when the opportunity arises. Remembering this will not only allow for reinforced memorization but will naturally elevate the jester and his surroundings in many ways. When communicating with people from different cultures, consider learning what makes them smile, what makes them “live, laugh, love” and what humor can be shared with one another. Everyone involved will benefit.
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