A humorous post lights up my day. It shifts my outlook on the world and on that which happens to us all. A funny post relaxes, makes us smile, gets us to breathe a bit more, and yes, most probably makes us happier.
Dale Carnegie said: “People rarely succeed unless they have fun at what they are doing. ”Finding fun in the often serious work we do, maintains perspective. To find hilarity in ourselves, we need to step out of ourselves. In the words of Oscar Wilde: “It is a curious fact that people are never so trivial as when they take themselves seriously."
But let’s be serious. What's so funny?
The philosopher Immanuel Kant wrote that
humor arises from the sudden transformation of a
strained expectation. It is the burst in tension when the incongruous jumps into awareness. Scholars of the jocular look at the core of what we find comical
and say humor has three components: wit, mirth, and laughter. Wit is the
cognitive experience, mirth the emotional experience, laughter the
Humor is an angle of perception that enables us to experience joy in the moment even when faced with adversity. Like beauty being in the eyes of the beholder, humor is in the funny bone of the laughee. This to me is heart of the matter:
“Humor is something that thrives between man's aspirations and his limitations. There is more logic in humor than in anything else. Because, you see, humor is truth." - Victor Borge
Now let’s play.
On BeBee there are many who write and publish with fine wit. Here are a few:
Mirth is in the reading and the writing. Yours truly tries his hand with: Pull It Sir Prize
Above are a
but a few witty reads on BeBee.
They humor me good.
And make my day.