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Laughter is the Best Medicine

The ability of events to make others laugh and entertain them is known as humor. The phrase comes from ancient Greek humoral medicine, which believed that the equilibrium of fluids in the human body, known as humors (Latin: humor, "body fluid"), influenced human health and mood.

Humor appeals to people of all ages and cultures. A sense of humor is defined as the ability to be pleased, grin, or laugh at anything humorous (such as a pun or joke) by the majority of people. The hypothetical individual who doesn't have a sense of humor would probably find the behavior that causes it incomprehensible, unusual, or even unreasonable.

Though personal preference ultimately determines how amusing something is, a person's level of amusement is influenced by a number of factors, including geographic location, culture, maturity, level of education, intellect, and context. Slapstick, for example, may be preferred by young toddlers because of its physical aspect. More complex types of comedy, such as satire, on the other hand, need a knowledge of its social significance and context, and hence appeal to a more mature audience.


Influence on Health & Longevity

Radboud University's Madeljin Strick, Rob Holland, Rick van Baaren, and Ad van Knippenberg (2009) performed a study that demonstrated the distracting impact of a joke on grieving people. The participants were shown a variety of unpleasant images and words. The researchers discovered that hilarious treatment reduced the unpleasant feelings evoked by negative images and phrases.

Furthermore, as the degree of negative affect grew in severity, humor therapy was more successful in lowering it. When it came to dealing with stress, humor came in handy right away. Humor's escapist character as a coping technique implies that it is best used to deal with short-term stress. A different treatment approach is required for stronger negative stimuli.

Aging & Humor

Humor has been demonstrated to be useful in both improving resilience and erasing negative effects when dealing with distress.

In three ways, humour has been found to benefit and aid the aging process. Increasing physical health, improving social communications, and assisting in achieving a feeling of life pleasure are the three aspects.

Individuals' health benefits from consistent humor in the aging process, according to studies. Higher self-esteem, reduced levels of depression, anxiety, and perceived stress, as well as a more positive self-concept and other health advantages, have all been documented and accepted in many research. Even people with specific disorders have proven that humor may help them age better. Overall, there is a clear link between aging, continual humor, and better health.