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Shvoong Home>Books>Developing a Sense of Humor Review

Developing a Sense of Humor

Book Review   by:Urbane     Original Author: Leon S.
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This abstract was translated from פיתוח חוש הומור
 
A sense of humor is a wonderful thing- as long at there is a real humor around, and not just the one that people laugh at to be polite. Everyone would have liked to have a sense of humor since it creates a pleasant and fun environment. And when you laugh frequently, the abdominal muscles flex and create a good relaxation. Besides, there was never a case in the history of literature of anyone dying from laughter (actually…except for one- because of the location where he laughed- in a closet of a married woman). One way or another, since a sense of humor is a healthy thing (and I feel bad for people who don’t have anyone around them who can make them laugh-… for the right reasons…) it is required to develop and to maintain it once in a while, or at least, to understand where it comes from and how it is created.

Basically, humor is classified by what you are laughing about and then according to levels. In terms of the “what”- the meaning is–is it about society (satire) or about people or about everyday occurrences? In terms of “levels,” then there is the British humor which is considered to be refined (yes the Minister with Mrs. Slocomb that changes her hair color all the time); there is the bizarre and strange humor (Monty Python, Woody Allen); and then there is the nonsense humor (Louis de Funès, etc.)

Basically in terms of humor analysis, it turns out that the closer the level of the humor rises to the level of word-play and multiple meanings, it is considered to be more refined. And this is in fact, the British humor that also includes comical situations in which the heroes end up getting, and also a technique of silences that increases the humor. The level of humor includes humor that creates easy laughter which moves to humor that includes variety of word-games and multiple meanings. There is a wide variety of different kinds of humor that we could call by different names that were given by different professionals. Basically the middle humor- the one that makes almost everyone laugh, is the humor that deals with body language- skits and segments which the actors play well and force an uncontrollable laughter from the spectators.

In terms of analyzing the humor and why it works, we discover the all of the humor techniques touch us in different parts of our soul and release some kind of a burden and an excessive weight that was accumulated. There is humor the removes baggage of this kind, and there is a second kind of humor that works in a different way without any connection to the psychological relation to us- it’s the laughter that is caused by the subject itself and not its connection to us.  

If you want to develop a sense of humor in your everyday life try seeing everything from funny point of view. Life is indeed funny (sometimes to the point of tears). The right outlook is to look at everything that is happing as if it was happening in a mental institution (and that’s exactly how the daily news look like). It is recommenced to view half of the people we have daily contact with as having the potential to be hospitalized (in most cases it actually happens). It is not recommended to take yourself too seriously. In order to get a sense of humor we must practice looking at things and not into them. Pay attention- “at” and not “into,” it, there lots of difference between them. To “look at” means to examine it, look at it, and that way the subject is much funnier. In order to develop a sense of humor pay attention to the skits you are watching, which basically, repeat t

Published: April 27, 2008   
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