Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Dr. Thorson's Humor Scale

Do you step back and laugh at life's absurdities? Or do you wring your hands, find gloom and doom everywhere, and conclude that our world is awful?

You’ll be healthier if you lighten up. Our research has shown that those who score high on a multidimensional sense of humor scale have lower levels of depression and higher levels of purpose than those who score low in humor.

You don’t have to be the author of the joke to appreciate it, nor do you have to laugh out loud. How much you laugh isn’t a good measure of your sense of humor. Soldiers going into battle, for example, respond to the least little thing with gales of nervous laughter. You can laugh inwardly, and some types of humor, such as dry wit, demand a wry smile rather than a laugh.

Some people are better than others at laughing things off, or at least smiling at the ridiculous, and research indicates that those blessed with a funnybone may actually live longer.

Take the self-test at Spirituality and Health online.
By the way, my score is not as high as I'd like it to be, which indicates that I have some work to do to be more of a funny man.

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