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humour

(US), humor
1. any of various fluids in the body, esp the aqueous humour and vitreous humour
2. Archaic any of the four bodily fluids (blood, phlegm, choler or yellow bile, melancholy or black bile) formerly thought to determine emotional and physical disposition

humour

amusement, laughter, and the like created by the paradoxical, ironic outcomes of social situations, language, and the portrayal of these in literature, art and the theatre. Although humour is a universal feature of human societies and a diverse literature exists (not least the work of Freud), the treatment of humour, has been only fragmentary within sociology, despite its importance in social life. See M. Mulkay, On Humour (1988).

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A person with a sense of humor must be witty and creative: if you ask any writers what is the most difficult types of writing, his or her answer is likely comedy.
Table 3 presents the findings of multiple regression and suggests that various components of adaptive and maladaptive sense of humor explained 76% variance in perceived stress and the model was overall significant {F (5, 214) = 138.98, p =.000}.
This may explain why some workplaces even hire for a sense of humor and why if you're in the job market you may want to hone your humor skills.
President Reagan had a grand sense of humor -- and used it with great deftness to advance his program.
"Its sense of humor is not sarcastic." When he writes in a satiric mode, Eltoukhy said, "I have a target and shoot to it." But when using a broader literary sense of humor, "I have the whole world as a target."
Linear regression analysis revealed sense of humor as significant predictor of creativity level and sociability.
One validated measure of the sense of humor is Thorson and Powell's (1993a; 1993b) Multidimensional Sense of Humor Scale, a 24-item self-report questionnaire which yields a four-factor structure: humor production/use; use of humor as a coping mechanism; attitudes towards humorous people; and appreciation of humor.
But at the same time, I found it lowered my sense of humor,.
The study is based on a comprehensive database from the second Nor-Trondelag Health Study, called HUNT 2, which is comprised of health histories and blood samples collected in 1995-1997 from more than 70,000 residents of a county in mid-Norway.A positive effect "There is reason to believe that sense of humor continues to have a positive effect on mental health and social life, even after people have become retirees, although the positive effect on life expectancy could not be shown after the age of 75.
Rather, I believe it is true that most of our patients have a sense of humor. Identifying the rare patient who has none would itself be important.
2 : the ability to see or tell the amusing quality of things He's got a good sense of humor.
How can I show I can have a clean mind while keeping a sense of humor?