Saturday, June 29, 2013

Humor and the Brain

Humor starts in the brain. Every brain is different. No surprise, it’s different strokes for different folks and that includes humor. Different people tend to find different things humorous. Your mission (should you choose to accept it) could be to increase the number of things or the types of things your brain finds funny. For example, female brains tend to find things that appeal to the left hemisphere funny (e.g., oxymorons, Limericks, word-play, situational comedy as in “I Love Lucy”); male brains tend to find things that appeal to the right hemisphere funny (e.g., slapstick, Laurel and Hardy, practical jokes, jokes in general). Humor can change with age, as well. A senior adult sense of humor tends to be more subtle, more tolerant, and less judgmental about differences among people. Whatever it takes, remember that very happy people laugh between 100 and 400 times per day.

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