Humor | Character Strength | VIA Institute

Become Aware Of Your Strength

Understand what humor is all about so you can begin recognizing it in yourself and others.
What is Humor?

Humor means to recognize what is amusing in situations, and to offer the lighter side to others. Humor is an important lubricant to social interactions, and can contribute to team building or moving toward group goals. Where other strengths are more or less essential for achieving certain types of goals or dealing with certain types of problems, humor is rarely an essential component to positive social interactions, but it is often a desirable one. It is also a valuable method of coping with distressing situations.

Humor involves the ability to make other people smile or laugh. It also means having a composed and cheerful view on adversity that allows an individual to see its light side and thereby sustain a good mood.

Which virtue is this strength?
Humor is a strength within the virtue category of transcendence, one of six virtues that subcategorize the 24 strengths. Transcendence describes strengths that help you connect to the larger universe and provide meaning. The other strengths in Transcendence are appreciation of beauty & excellence , gratitude , hope , humor , and spirituality .
Transcendence

Explore and Apply Your Strength

Research findings on the benefits of the strength of humor found humorous people are socially attractive to others. People with a sense of humor tend to be healthier. For example, there are many physiological benefits to laughter, including increased oxygenation of the blood. Humor can also decrease social anxiety, thereby creating opportunities for social connection.