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Defenses take all shapes and sizes. And people can express themselves in various ways. However, feeling defensive doesn’t always look like anxiety, depression, or anger. Sometimes, a person seems cheerful and friendly instead. And that’s when they use humor as a defense mechanism to cope with challenging emotions.

Can Humor Be a Defense Mechanism?

    For instance, a child might laugh because a word sounds silly, or because something they dropped made a funny noise. Children tell jokes that make no sense to adults and are funny simply because they make no sense. Because of this wide range of triggers, children have far more reasons to laugh than adults do.

    How Often Do Adults Laugh?

      Humor in relationships improves feelings of connection, relationship satisfaction, and attraction. Of course, to have this effect, humor must be used at the appropriate times. Let’s see exactly how, when, and why humor is important in relationships.

      Why Humor Is Important in Relationships

        If you find yourself needing to recover from pain, feeling stressed out, or simply needing a boost, crack open a joke book and get the giggles out. As it turns out, you’re doing more for your health than just temporary distraction.

        Who Said Laughter is the Best Medicine?