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A sense of humour. Friday November 22, 2013

I was pondering about this expression the other day. Why is humour referred to as a sense? The word 'sense' is defined as an ability to understand, recognise, value or react to something.

If our sense of humour has suffered a little redundancy recently, how can we sharpen our ability to laugh at (or to recognise) the humourous side in the everyday tedium?

The great thing about humour is that, unlike the five physical senses of sight, touch, hearing, smell and taste, which deteriorate with age, we can sharpen and finely tune our sense of humour with each passing day. We may get older but our humour need not.

If you have ever laughed heartily at a stand up comedian, the chances are, the material that had you laughing out loud is all about the everyday stuff. A comedian often becomes an absolute master at taking a relatively mundane story, subject or quirk of human nature and turning it into something we can chuckle about. Michael McIntyre, for example, has this down to a fine art. He can even find humour in the herb rack. For two minutes of smiles go to:

Yes, this is undoubtedly a gift and takes great skill but it is something we can all train ourselves to become better at.

According to scientists, a spontaneous burst of laughter is comparable to three minutes of aerobic exercise and ten warm smiles equal ten minutes of intensive rowing. Furthermore, laughing aids digestion, brain function and circulation.

With health benefits like these, we surely need regular belly laughs! So, what circumstance will you 'sense' the humour in today?

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The Entertrainer Fri, Nov 22nd 2013 @ 9:16am

Wonderfully uplifting, Suzy - thank you! I've just reconnected with my favourite TV Show, "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" If I can succeed in sharpening my sense of humour, and combine this with sharpening my delivery like these improvisation artistes, I shall be reaping all manner of health benefits. I still have tears (of laughter) in my eyes!

Nick Fri, Nov 22nd 2013 @ 10:56am

Oh Suzy. You have done it again!
A sense of humour is a funny thing; some people have it - and other don’t.
There are also many different types of humour from the infantile and childish to the cutting and coarse.
For example comedy on television is a bit like Marmite - shows and comics either resonate with you or leave you reaching for the off button.
Personally, as I have reached my autumn years, I have found almost everything in life funny. Perhaps it’s become my safety valve – to somehow avoid facing up to the cruelties and stupidity of human nature, and my own many failures.
I now find myself hilarious, (fortunately I now live on my own!); whilst when I was younger I took everything very seriously.
It’s a bit like reaching Karma.
Well worth a read; -

Mart Fri, Nov 22nd 2013 @ 2:49pm

Help me! I live in London. And they don't laugh much here, not like they do in the north. Miserable sods they are. Oh well, just as well I'm heading north later and I can get my fix for a while. Hee hee. Nice post Suzy.

Suzy Fri, Nov 22nd 2013 @ 3:27pm

Hey Mart,
Well, if it's as you say it is then there is humour to be found in that is there not? And hey, you can inject some northern humour down there. Liven things up on the tube and such! ;o)
Thanks to Nick and the Entertrainer too. Your line Nick: 'I now find myself hilarious' has had me chuckling all day. :oD
And I've listened to some of your audio blogs Entertrainer. As your post said the other day, you really do ooze enthusiasm!! I think your delivery has great humour about it too. ;o)
Keeeeeeeeep laughing!

Mart Fri, Nov 22nd 2013 @ 6:52pm

Thanks for the tips. I'll go out dressed in my clown outfit next week and see what happens! Seriously though, it's not a happy place but I know that's just symptomatic of the times we live in and isn't unique to London. But 8 or 9 million people living on top of each other isn't 'funny' (excuse the pun)! And it's certainly not always conducive to good mental health. So yes we need a sense of humour here to lift not just our own mood but to help put a smile on someone's gloomy face. Which is why today's post is so appropriate. And sorry all you Londoners! You're not all miserable.

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