Laughing and Sense of Humor

“What is it that differentiates human beings most revealingly? Some say it is
their varying degrees of compassion; others say it is amounts of prudence; still
others, people\'s differing appreciations of beauty, or whatever makes them angry.
And there are other possibilities worth considering. But in truth nothing is
so revealing as a person\'s sense of humor.”

It is not very hard to notice the many differences between people.
There are thousands of things that differentiate us. Appearance is of course
the most obvious but in reality appearance does little to actually distinguish
people outside of identifying them. Having blue eyes does not say anything
about my attitude, my beliefs, my likes or dislikes. Of course there is no one,
single character trait that will best identify a person. Humans are extremely
complex. Most of us spend our entire lives trying to figure one another out.
(This is especially true when attempting to figure out females.) Clues can be
found anywhere. The books a person reads, the movies they watch and the games
they play all reveal little bits of their character.

It is a fair comment though that the most revealing character trait a
person has is their sense of humor. Few things are as distinguishable and
noticeable as humor. Laughs echo throughout rooms and they are as unique as
snowflakes. Jokes have been told and retold for centuries by men and women of
all races. While it has often been said of someone that “they have no sense of
humor,” it is untrue. Senses of humor vary more often than the weather. What
some people find hilarious, others find offensive. What some people think is
stupid, others think it is amusing. This is why it is so revealing. What makes
people laugh or smile can say a lot about their intelligence, their convictions
and their social standing. Of course these are just a few of the facets of
human life that a sense of humor can reveal.

People have differing degrees of wit. Certain television shows and
movies are obviously made to cater to different audiences. There have always
been certain jokes that “are over someone\'s head.” A person\'s sense of humor
can give real insight to their educational background and “intelligence.” A
lone high school drop-out in a group of archaeologists may feel to see the humor
in many of their jokes. Chances are they may not laugh at the same shows or
life situations. By no means am I saying that this is a cut and dry scenario
though. The uneducated can very easily find the same things as funny as an MBA
does. However humor seems to typify itself in social groups, and those with the
same educational background and intelligence often share a similar sense of
humor. From this one can make a quick judgment on another\'s educational

Racist jokes are extremely common in modern society. Almost everyone
laughs at them. While it may not be always fair to say so there is often real
racism behind the laughter. More than likely not full-blown, “KKK” racism but
some sort of bigotry. If someone constantly uses minority groups as the target
of their humor, chances are they are the host to some “politically incorrect”

Perhaps more so than intelligence, humor accurately portrays a person\'s
social standing. The upper class probably doesn\'t laugh as much at Roseanne as
the middle class does. That is assuming they even watch it all. The anecdotes
people tell and laugh at, reflect their social standing very much. I,
personally, probably would not even chuckle at a story that involved a stalled
Rolls-Royce, two pounds of caviar and a bottle of 1951 Dom Perignon. For the
same reasons, a person like Princess Diana may not think my little tale of
putting laundry detergent in the dishwasher is all that funny. People mainly
laugh at that which they can relate to. The entertainment industry does provide
some exceptions to this theory but that is due mainly to writing and acting.

A person\'s sense of humor is the most revealing aspect though mainly
because of its honesty. Laughing and chuckling and smiling are all natural “
gut-reactions.” Sometimes people try to stifle their laughter so as not to
offend anyone and still others “fake-laugh” to get in on the joke. Both of
these kinds of people are easily spotted though. Laughing is not just a noise
that is emitted from a person. A person\'s eyes and body laugh as well as the
throat. Someone biting their fist or lip is holding back laughter,