A sense of humor - the ability to laugh, especially at yourself, and your ability to perceive funny things and say funny things - is the topic of this week's 2-on-1 blog. A sense of humor is not a one size fits all proposition. They vary by the number of people alive. Some may like a guy like George Carlin, some may prefer Chris Bliss or any of a number of stand-up comics.
The ability to laugh is one of our greatest coping mechanisms. Think about the topsy-turvy, insanity filled world we inhabit. The schism between left and right is deeper and wider than the grand canyon. We are currently gearing up for the 2020 Presidential election. Believe it or not, things will probably get worse before they get better. Is laughter really the best medicine?
Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease. Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body's natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain. So a good sense of humor is actually good for you.
The Dark Side of Humor
most of us enjoy the Roadrunner Wile Coyote cartoons. Poor old Wile Coyote takes it on the chin several times in each cartoon.He gets blown up, runs off a cliff and has numerous things like safes dropped on him and the dark sides of our senses of humor keeps us laughing. Naturally some of us that have dark sides so dark things that normally make a person cringe make us laugh or make us utter comments betraying our dark senses of humor. Before she outgrew them, one of my granddaughters used to watch horror movies and scifi movies with me. A machete attack usually resulted in one or both of us commenting that was gonna leave a mark, followed by a bit of raucous laughter.
Ditto when one of the bad guys in the Jurassic series gets eaten by a dinosaur. The cheers were equally raucous.
The point? Laugh. Laugh long, loud and hearty. Whichever side of the comment you land, laughing- even if at the presumed loss by your opponent - and you will feel better. That raises another question. A standard political question revolves around when power does or doesn't speak to truth. Need the same standard apply to laughter? In a world rife with political correctness and political spin, I suspect not.
Now something I find interesting but will not really be addressing here is the senses of humor attributed to Millennials. I have often considered the term Millennial sense of humor to be an oxymoron. I am not sure they do not have senses of humor. Probably, I just do not understand them as a group and have no logical point of reference. Perhaps therein lies the problem - Millennials are notoriously light on logic - just another thing they blame us baby boomers for. But I truly cannot see the current generation leading the civil rights movement we spearheaded. But that's topic for another blog.
That is it for this weeks blog topic - selected by Ramana (look at the spelling) LOL. Please check for Ramana's Musings here.