Humor is an important and common type of
communication. It is important to gain an understanding
of what humor is and the psychology of humor.
It is important to define humor. What is humor? Below
is one possible definition of humor:
Humor is a form of communication that is judged to be
amusing and makes others laugh.
Psychology of Humor
One important question concerns what makes us laugh,
or what is considered funny or amusing. This is a
subjective judgment. There may be many different types
of communication that are considered amusing, and it
may be difficult to determine what exactly makes a
communication amusing. Nonetheless, a message may be
amusing if it is (a) original, (b) surprising, and (c) ironic.
Thus, in learning how to be funny, humorous, or witty, it
may be important to keep in mind that it may be a good
idea to present a message that is original, surprising, and
There may be a number of positive effects or benefits of
laugther and humor. Thus, it is important to learn about
humor research findings. This page contains articles with
research findings concerning humor.