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Do Jokes and Funny Things Have Any Therapeutic Value?

By Francisco Santander


Making jokes, making funny things, making funny cartoons, funny pictures and funny stuff in general is not an easy task, it is a very serious job. It takes a person who is able to communicate effectively with the psyche of the potential viewers, readers or listeners. A person who has to identify what appeals to them, what makes them laugh, and sometimes cry.

You can, sometimes hear or see jokes that are about sad things presented in such a manner that they can be read and interpreted as funny. That is why jokes where people “fall, break a leg or die” can be funny.


Humor and medicine were related long before the word humor meant fun stuff. Greeks and early Romans believed that mood was related to substances that circulated through the body, substances they called humors.


Four humors were described in Hippocratic medicine:

  1. Blood (Spring, air)
  1. Black bile (Autumn, earth)
  1. yellow bile (Summer, fire)
  1. phlegm (Winter, water).

These humors were related to personality (melancholic, choleric, phlegmatic, sanguine). That is where the relation of humor with mood starts... From that point, the meaning of the word kept evolving up to this day when humor does not usually refer to a liquid substance that circulates through our bodies (although the meaning is still valid), but a state of mind characteristically related to the things that cause laughter and fun (humorous).

Laughter: “...does the body good”

Jokes and their effects are considered by some experts as a good coadjuvant therapy for stress related diseases such as irritable bowel disease, heart burn, anxiety, cancer, etc. Some of these ideas were exploited in a movie called “Patch Adams” where Robin Williams portraits a real life medical student who shows “the power” of humor laughter and jokes.

Jokes are a part of our nature, a life without laughter and funny things is not life, it is suffering. We need fun, we need jokes, we need funny pictures, otherwise we get bored..... and sick too!

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