The five rights of humor include the right:

  • Patient
  • Type
  • Time
  • Amount
  • Route or form

(Schwartz, Enid A., RN, MA, MC. Infusing Humor into Healthcare. p 77. CE Express. http://www.westernschools.com/ceexpress)

Three levels of humor:

  • Sarcasm / cynicism (destructive)
  • Puns (positive qualities)
  • Cosmic (positive appreciation of the absurdities and paradoxes of life).

(Padus, Emrika, et al. Editor. The Complete Guide to Your Emotions & Your Health. p 544-547. PA: Rodale Press, 1992.)

Four Types of humor:

  • Cognitive humor – sophisticated and/or off-the-wall; not usually offensive
  • Conative humor – people’s misfortune (usually of others); slapstick
  • Affective humor – racial, cultural, ethnic, and smutty jokes.
  • Orectic humor – combines cognitive and affective types and is more likely to be appreciated by males and extroverted females.

(Viegas, Jennifer. Nurture, Not Nature: Study Says Environment, Not Genetics, Defines Sense of Humor. http://facstaff.uww.edu/mohanp/twinhumor.html)

A sense of humor connects you with your heart. By developing that sense you can heal your own heart. When you laugh and say “I get it,” it is an announcement that you have recovered a cellular memory of our common suffering amidst the chaos. (Lipton, Bruce, PhD. The Biology of Belief. p 198-200. CA: Mountain of Love / Elite Books, 2005.

A healthy sense of humor is related to being able to laugh at oneself and one’s life. Laughing at oneself can be a way of accepting and respecting oneself. Lack of a sense of humor is directly related to lower self-esteem. (Humor and Laughter: Health Benefits and Online Sources. http://www.helpguide.org/life/humor_laughter_health.htm)

A sense of humor, what people tend to find funny (and it is very individual) is triggered by a mismatch between what they are expecting to happen and what actually happens. (Sobel, David S., and Robert Ornstein, MD. The Healthy Mind, Healthy Body Handbook. p 49-59. NY: Patient Education Media, Inc., 1996.)

Humor is all around you. Be on the lookout for it. It's always worth sharing so become a "funny finder." (Urban, Hal. Positive Words, Powerful Result. p 105-115. NY: Fireside Book, 2004).

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