“If we couldn’t laugh, we would all go insane,” sings Jimmy Buffett.
“Time spent laughing is time spent with the gods,” says a Japanese proverb.
For many of us, our ability to laugh at ourselves, at life, is a balm for what ails us. Seeing the absurdity in a situation can break tension and stress. It can literally flip a moment from intense conflict to one of laughter and lightness of heart. There are so many benefits to laughter that when we lose our sense of humor we know that something is very wrong.
Therese Borchard writes about others for whom humor is a major coping skill for getting through depression and anxiety. Read the whole article.