We are such a different species. We are also a species with a sense of humor. I think the two are connected.
Current research has indicated that humor, specifically to laugh, is the opposite of the stress situation on the body and immune system, so, it’s obvious to me that a sense of humor would calm the stress of new situations.
We were given a sense of humor, the capacity to laugh, for a purpose. It helps us adapt, learn, grow and survive. Taking life too seriously does not allow you to be able to put humor in practice.
Of course, it is possible to take things too easy. We all know the frustration of having a problem that an important person won't take seriously enough. We also know people who handle life like a joke, and never get it together. Actually, this kind of unconscious behavior usually covers fear; the fear that whatever situation or emotion doesn't want to deal with is too heavy to handle.
What I see in real life more often, however, is the other way around. We make a big effort, we promise, we care, and we want to do right. We forget about having fun, relaxing and enjoying, waiting for things to calm down. One of my friends who did community service at a care home told me recently about how surprised he was at how much fun and humor there was among the seriously ill and old patients there. Another friend of mine who worked in a stressful bar found that although the complaints and frustration expressed by the workers needed to be listened to, it didn't need to be taken too seriously. Most of it was drama, to get his or her attention, immature attitudes. Laugh is good for your health; Laugh is a powerful medicine to stress, pain, and conflict. Nothing works faster or more easily to bring your mind and body back into happiness and relax than a good laugh. Humor lightens you, inspires and connects you to others, and keeps you focused, and alert. There’s also a link between laugh and mental health
It was proven that to laugh dissolves distressing emotions. You can’t feel anxious, angry, or sad when you’re laughing.
Laughter helps you relax and recharge. It reduces stress and increases energy, enabling you to stay focused and accomplish more. Humor changes perspective and perception, allowing you to see situations in a more realistic, less threatening way.
Yet, humor is a problem when it comes to translation of the language. Under linguistic determinism, a concept in one language would not be understood in a different language because the speakers and their world views are bound by different sets of rules. Languages are in fact translatable but humor is not and its ideas are "lost in the translation." Humor and its linguistic concepts are not translatable.
Humor is God's greatest gift for mankind; a good sense of humor can make things more tolerable. It can help to relieve stress and tension. It can help us go through hard times, it's good to be able to laugh at yourself, and laugh is the best medicine! Having a good sense of humor is one of the most important characteristics of all happy and successful people. Human beings are always learning. We adapt to what we have. Put us in a situation we don't understand, and sooner or later, we figure it out and we solve it.
Like one of America's funniest columnists, said "If I could live my life over, I would have laughed more." She knew the importance of laughter