Welcome to National Humor Month
HUMOR AND EGO STUDY TEXT (Harvey Mindess, psychologist)
“Most people agree that the ability to laugh at our own flaws and foolishness represents the ultimate in humor. There are different moods, however, in which such laughter can occur. When we mock ourselves in bitterness, feeling that we deserve a kick in the rear for whatever stupidity we have been guilty of, we are only indulging in self-directed humiliation. Implicit in such an attitude is the belief that we should be better than we are. When we laugh at ourselves with affection, though—as we might laugh at the antics of an infant or a puppy—we reach toward a kind of benign humility, for we perceive ourselves as silly but lovable.”
“To attain its ultimate, however, humor must liberate us from identification with our own egos, for in this feat resides its quintessential power.”
“Most of us identify too strongly with our looks, our possessions, our social status, our achievements. We see ourselves in all the layers of being that enclose our central core. By learning to laugh at those layers, those facades and pretensions with which we attempt to impress the world, we are able to slip out of them as a snake slips out of its skin.”
“The comic vision painlessly loosens our grip on our own dignity and self-importance and seduces us into seeing life from a new point of view. When we succeed in transcending our point of view despite our fears, we express our exhilaration by laughing.”
QUIPS & QUOTES TO REINFORCE THE STUDY
“As long as you can laugh at yourself, you will never cease to be amused.” -Unknown
“Life is too short to be serious all the time. So, if you can’t laugh at yourself, call me…I’ll laugh at you.” -Unknown
“Nothing kills the ego like playfulness, like laughter. When you start taking life as fun, the ego has to die, it cannot exist anymore.” -Osho
“Never be afraid to laugh at yourself, after all, you could be missing out on the joke of the century.”
“Being unaware of your own pomposity [and the foibles of your tribe] is always funny.”
“More the knowledge, lesser the ego; lesser the knowledge, more the ego.” -Albert Einstein
“Laugh loudly, laugh often, and most important, laugh at yourself.” -Chelsea Handler
SCIENCE REPORTS ON LAUGHTER AND EGO
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Wishing you a very happy and healthy Humor Month!!!
“Remember me with smiles and laughter, for that is how I will remember you all.
If you can only remember me with tears, then don’t remember me at all.”
-Laura Ingalls Wilder
Thanks for sharing the joy and wonderment of humor with us.