After a tiring day at workplace or a nasty interchange with store clerk, a great joke often quickly lift us to a good mood.
Recently, Dutch researchers found the reason behind this and how a great joke helps us to turn out a negative mood.
Madelijn Strick, PhD, a postdoctoral researcher at Radboud University in Nijmegen, Netherlands, and the lead author of the study, reports in Journal Emotion that it’s not as obvious as we might think.
Most researchers would argue that humor could help to counteract on negative emotions as it elicits positive emotions.
“Indeed, there is ample evidence that positive emotions in general can counteract negative emotions,” she says. “However, this explanation does not make humor ‘special.’ It does not explain why humor would be more effective in this respect than non-humorous positive emotions such as joy, happiness, and love.”
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