Determining What Makes Something Funny
What's So Funny?
Just like happiness, determining what is funny is in the eye of the beholder (though there are certain things that no one can help laughing at!). The element of surprise has a lot to do with capturing a humorous moment, and there is almost always something funny in home videos and photographs. Silly faces, awkward mishaps, pranks and stunts, and poking fun of others seems to elicit at least a chuckle or two. Moreover, it seems we all have an obsession with watching weddings, cute animal videos, baby and children videos, or a combination of all three.
When it comes to sitcoms or stand-up comedians, though, there are several genres, much like books and movies. Sometimes you have to have a particular personality type or special interest to understand or appreciate the humor. Not everything is family-oriented, with some comedy being offensive because of crude or rude language and stereotypes. Yet, there remains a following.
Come On, Laugh!
We are all born to laugh - just look at how easy it is to amuse an infant by playing peek-a-boo or tickling his or her toes! But what about people who seem to not have a funny bone in their bodies? They are the ones who seem to hold a perpetual frown, see everything as black or white, and won't waste time with small talk. In being able to laugh at most anything, you really have to let down your inhibitions and have fun in life. Uptight people will naturally find it harder to find anything to smile about, let alone laugh. It's ok to find something funny, I promise! If you can't laugh about something (and sometimes yourself), what's the point of being human?
Reasons to Laugh
Laughter, as they say, is the best medicine. It has been proven time and time again that people who are ill recover faster if they are able to laugh. The act of doing so releases the same endorphins as exercise, boosting your mood and relieving stress. And since we all enjoy being entertained in some way - through music, movies, conversing with others, or learning a new skill, seeking humor is our day is as elemental as breathing. It also promotes a more positive outlook on life, helping us forgive ourselves and not berate ourselves over things that go wrong. That's not to say there aren't time when we do feel that way, despite our best efforts...but the point is, we are much better off being able to laugh away some of the seriousness of life, instead of feeling trapped in worry and despair, even if we have a good reason to feel that way.