Humour or humor 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 humors (Latin: humor, "body fluid"), control human health and emotion.
People of all ages and cultures respond to humour. The majority of people are able to experience humour, i.e., to be
amused, to laugh or smile at something funny, and thus they are considered to have a sense of humour. The
hypothetical person lacking a sense of humour would likely find the behaviour induced by humour to be
inexplicable, strange, or even irrational. Though ultimately decided by personal taste, the extent to which a person
will find something humorous depends upon 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 cartoons such as Tom and Jerry. Satire may rely more on understanding the target of the
humour and thus tends to appeal to more mature audiences.
Many theories exist about what humour is and what social function it serves. The prevailing types of theories
attempting to account for the existence of humour include psychological theories, the vast majority of which
consider humour-induced behaviour to be very healthy; spiritual theories, which may, for instance, consider humour
to be a “gift from God”; and theories which consider humour to be an unexplainable mystery, very much like a mystical
Humor is mankind’s greatest blessing. -- Mark Twain
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid
or misinformed beholder a black eye. ― Jim Henson
The difference between genius and stupidity is; genius has its limits. ― Albert Einstein
The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming
along and trying to put things in it. ― Terry Pratchett
The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four people is suffering from a mental
illness. Look at your 3 best friends. If they're ok, then it's you. ― Rita Mae Brown
A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs. It's jolted by
every pebble on the road. ― Henry Ward Beecher
A well-developed sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to your steps as you
walk the tightrope of life. ― William Arthur Ward
You can turn painful situations around through laughter. If you can find humor in
anything, even poverty, you can survive it. ― Bill Cosby
Everything human is pathetic. The secret source of humor itself is not joy but sorrow.
There is no humor in heaven. ― Mark Twain
Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested
and the frog dies of it. ― E. B. White
When humor goes, there goes civilization. ― Erma Bombeck
The secret to humor is surprise. ― Aristotle
I think the next best thing to solving a problem is finding some humor in it.
― Frank Howard Clark