All About Humor

Humor is serious business. Sure, there's simple comedy like a pie in the face or an Adam Sandler movie, but a lot of jokes display real intellect, and despite much reflection and experimentation—both in labs and on stages—no one has yet discovered a unified theory of hilarity. Humor can be used for bonding, releasing tension, attracting a mate, putting a rival in his place, or entertaining a child. It has as many functions and styles as there are variations on the light bulb joke. 

Recent Posts on Humor

6 Tips to Negotiate a Speaking Contract

Speaking is a great way to earn some extra money AND get new clients. Here are 6 questions to need to ask when negotiating a speaking contract so you don't blow it.

What Do Your Favorite Posters and T-Shirts Say About You?

Sure, I once wore messages on T-shirts. But after a certain age, I no longer wanted folks to read my bust-line in order to grasp my perspective on cultural and political issues.

An Explanation for Trump's Appeal

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on January 29, 2016 Fighting Fear
An examination of those aspects of personality and behavior that have led to Donald Trump's success. A comparison to an incident long ago that also had political implications.

No More Sex Until...

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on January 27, 2016 Fighting Fear
A common, although largely ignored, problem for some couples is how to have sex with the children still awake. I offer a solution.

Getting Rid of Death and Taxes

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on January 22, 2016 Fighting Fear
A solution to "Making America Great Again," should not only include lowering taxes. Defeating death with bring considerable economic advantages.

Healthy, Relaxing Things to Do on a Snow Day

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on January 22, 2016 Minding the Body
You could spend your snow day doing laundry … but don’t. Here are eight more relaxing, satisfying ways to ride out a snowstorm.

Being Anti-Racist, Not Non-Racist

By Gordon Hodson Ph.D. on January 20, 2016 Without Prejudice
Some people are content to be non-racist. But is that enough? What about the importance of directly opposing prejudices you observe in others?

How to Have The Best Birthday Ever: Celebrate Your REAL Age

Birthdays as a reward for having shown up 365 days in a row. It's like getting a badge for attendance.

Puddle Week Viral Videos

By Siu-Lan Tan Ph.D. on January 08, 2016 What Shapes Film?
It's "PUDDLE week" in the world of viral videos... just in time to brighten up our first week back after the holidays!

7 Trusted Tips for Finding Love

Check out these basic prerequisites for finding love.

Inter-generational Games Night

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on January 02, 2016 Moral Landscapes
Just imagine playing board games, cards, and hanging out with seniors, neighbors, children, preteens, teens, and other adults. This scene is something that can happen anywhere in A

Who Else Wants to Write a Book in 2016?

By Donna Barstow on December 31, 2015 Ink Blots Cartoons
Is writing a book one of your goals for the New Year? Four experts have varying ideas on how to start your successful book.

Good Times in the New Year

By Marty Babits on December 30, 2015 The Middle Ground
Good Things in the New Year

"Disgusting" Use of the Ladies Room

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on December 24, 2015 Fighting Fear
Perhaps Donald Trump knows more about what goes on in ladies rooms than we give him credit for.

5 Ways to Make Life Much Easier This Holiday Season

Clean Up As You Go: Get into the habit of the Three Cs: Clearing, cleansing and containment. Remember: this advice works as well outside the kitchen as it does inside the kitchen.

Research Finds Faults in Santa Claus Workplace Safety

By Garth Sundem on December 22, 2015 Brain Trust
Society systematically fails to consider issues of workplace safety that affect Santa Claus and his ungulate co-workers every Christmas Eve. A new paper rights this wrong.

Do Dogs Have a Sense of Humor?

Does your dog have a sense of humor? Data shows that while some dog breeds seem to have it while some don't.

Laughing at Mental Illness?

Who is making the joke and why? Comedy helps people cope with mental illness.

How to Celebrate Fake Tree Trauma and Family Messes

Laughter brings us a little closer to heaven - or at the very least, closer to each other. And that's what the holidays are for, after all.

The Play Lady Tells Us How to Become Play-ers

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on December 13, 2015 Moral Landscapes
Think back to your childhood, did you know a child who was outside playing all the time? Pat Rumbaugh was one of those children. Now she helps everyone play.

Fifteen Quirky Stress-Reduction Tips

Sometimes you need to lighten up and inject some play in your life. Some light and fun suggestions to make the day flow!

Harry Potter and Evil Incarnate

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on December 11, 2015 Fighting Fear
J.K. Rowling, the author of "Harry Potter," has failed by her own account in making her villain, Lord Voldemort the worst possible person--compared to Donald Trump.

All Electronic Devices Should Be Off at the Table

These are kids for whom it is not unusual to make a quick leap from the first awakening of sexual awareness to the first consummation of sexual experience.

Problems Monitoring Terrorists/Muslims

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on November 23, 2015 Fighting Fear
Mr. Trump and Doctor Carson have suggested monitoring Muslims by staking out mosques and following anyone who wears a turban. This will not work. Muslims do not wear turbans.

The Danger of Carbs

If the only thing you fit into from high school is your high school earrings, you will want to read tips on how to not overeat during the holidays.

How to Survive the Paris Terrorist Attack

After happened in Paris, I drank a half bottle of wine, ate carbs, and didn’t want to come out of bed. But, in an ordinary day, an act of kindness changed everything. Here is my very personal blog about how terrorism affects us and the choices we can make not to sink into a depression.

Can You Teach Someone to Be Funny?

By Jen Kim on November 16, 2015 Valley Girl With a Brain
A humor expert explains how almost anyone can make a good joke.

In Wake of French Terror, Maybe Pastafarians Aren't So Crazy

By David Niose on November 15, 2015 Our Humanity, Naturally
As the world mourns the tragedy in Paris, the relevance and importance of religious criticism become more apparent.

Do You Like Reading Poetry and Getting Caught in the Rain?

By Temma Ehrenfeld on November 12, 2015 Open Gently
Metaphorical thinking and sarcasm can be good for you.

Is Ben Carson Too Skeptical?

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on November 10, 2015 Fighting Fear
Although it is clear to Ben Carson that Joseph and his Egyptian friends put up the pyramids to store grain for the coming seven lean years, someone erred since the pyramids are made of solid rock. Dr. Carson dismisses the involvement of aliens; but is he too quick to come to judgement?