Selfcare cause

Humour

Humour is the tendency of particular cognitive experiences to provoke laughter and provide amusement. The term derives from the humoral medicine of the ancient Greeks, which taught that the balance of fluids in the human body, known as humours (Latin: humor, "body fluid"), controlled human health and emotion.

People of all ages and cultures respond to humour. Most people are able to experience humour—be amused, smile or laugh at something funny—and thus are considered to have a sense of humour. The hypothetical person lacking a sense of humour would likely find the behaviour inducing it to be inexplicable, strange, or even irrational. Though ultimately decided by personal taste, the extent to which a person finds something humorous depends on a host of variables, including geographical location, culture, maturity, level of education, intelligence and context. For example, young children may favour slapstick such as Punch and Judy puppet shows or the Tom and Jerry cartoons, whose physical nature makes it accessible to them. By contrast, more sophisticated forms of humour such as satire require an understanding of its social meaning and context, and thus tend to appeal to the mature audience.

Protective Factor
1 effect
Measured in session

Humour Health Benefits

OutcomesEffectEvidenceReferences

Mortality Musculoskeletal outcome
Mortality
Musculoskeletal

Strong Decrease

Evidence: High

4 studies

Congestive Heart Failure Cardiovascular outcome
Congestive Hear...
Cardiovascular

Strong Decrease

Evidence: Low

1 study

Coronary Heart Disease (Ischaemic Heart Disease) Cardiovascular outcome
Coronary Heart ...
Cardiovascular

Strong Decrease

Evidence: Low

1 study

Stroke Brain outcome
Stroke
Brain

Strong Decrease

Evidence: Low

1 study

Cardiovascular Disease Cardiovascular outcome
Cardiovascular ...
Cardiovascular

Strong Decrease

Evidence: High

2 studies

Immune system Lymphatic outcome
Immune system
Lymphatic

Strong Increase

Evidence: Low

3 studies

Sepsis Lymphatic outcome
Sepsis
Lymphatic

Strong Decrease

Needs research

1 study

Aerobic Exercise Capacity Musculoskeletal outcome
Aerobic Exercis...
Musculoskeletal

Strong Increase

Needs research

1 study

Sarcopenia Musculoskeletal outcome
Sarcopenia
Musculoskeletal

Minor Decrease

Needs research

1 study

Mental Disorder Brain outcome

Notable Decrease

Needs research

1 study

Depression Brain outcome

Notable Decrease

Needs research

1 study

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