Yes, yes it is! Why? Well, simply because humour is in everything we do. After any bad day, strange situation, harsh weather, one thing that can guarantee soothing the mind is a good laugh. There’s no denying it. “Humour is the great thing, the saving thing after all.”, like Mark Twain said.
Since humour is in every facet of life, you can be sure that it will make you 10x more attractive in society. In the workplace, jokes are a thing. When you date, your partner will appreciate a good giggle and at home, well, if you don’t joke with your siblings, who will? Less boredom, more bro-dom. That’s what we say!
Is there a science behind all this?
Sure. Humour has psychological explanations too. A theory called ‘Relief theory’ talks about how humour can help people blow off psychological steam from otherwise stressful events of life. That’s why you see people making jokes in funerals while fondly remembering their departed ones, just like in the movies. Tree-t yourself well when life is a birch! It makes it easier.
Well, if you’re already a funny person, that’s a bonus. But you can just be at the receiving end of jokes and reap the maximum benefits through laughter. Anyone at the risk of depression or exposed to negative stimuli can dodge the negative effects with the help of humour.
And let’s admit it, a life without laughter really would be sad. So, so sad! Humour truly improves the overall quality of life. Push the right buttons and everyone will be sew into your jokes. It will increase your self-esteem and will make you much more confident as a person.
I don’t get the joke, am I dumb?
Certainly not. It so happens that sometimes, even the best of us miss the mark. And that’s completely normal! What you find funny doesn’t necessarily have to be funny to the next person. It’s all about reading the room and understanding your audience before you can jump right in and tickle their bones. Cal-see-em as they come!
Sometimes, a punchline or pun could just create a different mental representation from what the joker intended. This could cause the understandable conflict between what was being conveyed and what was being understood. It’s really nobody’s fault. Just quickly brush past it rather than explain the joke. The pain of explaining a joke is horrifying!
The one and ONLY other time jokes are not funny (and this is universal) is when they are offensive. All jokes are based on reality, that’s why relatable content sells. But, the moment a humour becomes offensive - belittles the oppressed, makes light of grave social issues or represents certain groups disrespectfully, it no longer is a joke.
No form of humour should ever rise from the need of inflicting pain or causing hurt. Derogatory humour is the least appreciated, even if it comes from you ABOUT you. Because genuinely, it just makes you feel bad about yourself and makes the entire air awkward! *cricket sounds*
Remember how we said read the room? It’s so very important to do this. If you are a youngster using profanity in your speech or making jokes on some ‘woke’ topics, it is not likely that adults will get it. They just might be irritated enough to ground you and we don’t want that!
Always a good idea to be aware of your surroundings anytime you put your sense of humour on display. Know which audience will appreciate a certain type of joke and which won’t. This will make you the life of any party. (It’s a thankless job though, fair warning! You’ll sing them all those LOLlabies and you won’t get paid a dime!) Unless you want to be a stand-up comedian, but not sure if that’ll pay the bills either. Tsk-tsk.Here is some parting wisdom. One who is wise will also know how to use humour for the benefit of those around him or her but will also know how to laugh at oneself. This is SO important. Hypocrisy is not welcome in the world of humour. If you’re willing to take shots at someone, take it in good spirit when those shots are directed at you too! Life is shot, let’s make it count!