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Gallows Humor

August 5th, 2013 No comments

People who are going through tough times apparently have better senses of humor than people who aren’t, according to the cartoon editor at the New Yorker:

One of the ideas about humor is that it’s our way of coping with negative feelings. In a control study we found people who were primed with negative emotions, through images of illness and death at a subliminal level, create more and funnier captions than those who were not. (Via.)

My chaplaincy training included the idea that humor is good. People in the hospital don’t want a stand-up act, but they would rather have visitors who bring some levity than people who are weighed down with gravity.

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