The concept humor refers to the state of funniness, for people to be humorous, they should find a particular action, even, or state of affairs funny. Social life, gender, age, race, educational level, political attitudes, and mood of an individual influence humor. This terminology can be subjective as well as objective. In this respect, the definition of what constitutes humor is unlimited (Clark 20-23)
According to Aristotle, humor is handy in political moderation, for it makes one’s character moderate. Humor can remind us of what is important in life, it makes one laugh at what looks funnily odd. In this respect, the laughter is mocking. Furthermore, one gets to learn about what invokes emotions and amusement. In life, anything brings joy to the heart counts a lot to human survival (Vines 1228-1229)
Humor can be related to the black irony that is where it one feels amused in a manner that is disapproving of what is done. Moreover, sarcasm is also related to humor in the sense that one may laugh as a way of mocking a person for doing something that is believed to be awkward. Ridicule of this nature may leave people thinking that what they did is right when it is not (Clark 21-23).
Humor is also connected to satire in the sense that the later invokes amusement, thus leading to induced laughter. The condition that is created makes part of the pre-requisite conditions for humor. The nature by which a society understands a given subject can make it humorous. Therefore, culture and social setting can determine how a particular people react to a given situation of action. Satirical statements must be understood from their correct context, thus the importance of the settings in which one operates (Vines 1225-1226).
Similarities between humor and entertainment
The similarities include; both involve laughter. An amused person often laughs, same as to the one who is entertained to hilarity. The psychological excitement that comes with the funny aspect of an action can drive one into unexpected delight. Comedians do trigger recurrent laughter in the audience as a way of earning a living.
Both humor and entertainment are attitude driven; one person can find one thing worth laugher and appealing while somebody else might find it the reverse. In this respect, it is the perception of an individual that defines what is pleasurable and funny. Sex-related jokes might be disgusting to one person and hilarious to another. The amusing activities that are done to trigger amusement as a form of entertainment are staged-managed, hence the prior knowledge of the audience that they will be tickled to laugh (Smuts 333-335)
The differences between humor and entertainment
The differences between entertainment and humor include, the latter is spontaneous while the former is expected. At least the person who is performing an activity to amuse is prepared to do something amusing, that can move the audience into laughter. Entertainment is a pre-arranged aspects while humor does not always come from a staged act or statement.
Subjective and objective aspect of humor
The subjective nature of humor or jokes limits it to the understanding of the audience and the person who triggers it. It is restricted to the understanding of the society, thus cannot uniformly apply across the board. Each society has its stereotypes, which are linked jokes (Wylie 797-798). Obscene jokes are often cracked to send the audience into laughter, though at the same time disapproving of the words of acts performed. For instance, one might decide to fart loudly as a way of driving the audience amusement. The intention of the joker is to keep the addresses in a jovial mood. However, not every obscene joke can trigger humor in a person. There is no uniformity in the application excitement from each pun.
Humor relations to other aspects of social life
A person who is humorous can easily manage stress, thus its health in dealing with social challenges. A person who is gloomy is more vulnerable to suffer from depression due to much pressure. Humor is a vital element in mental health; it can cushion an individual from mental instability (BMJ 817). Moreover, often laughing cushions one from the heart attack. Therefore, it can be said that humor has many benefits that goes beyond entertaining. Humor can inspire people at times of social disorder and psychological stress. One can laugh and feel happy, thus forgetting the troubles of the time (Wylie 797-798).
Humor may compensate for social problems, this is through reminding the individuals of the right things in life as well as relaxing the mind (Smuts 334). It replaces the bad memories with what can give a person some smile. Jokes can make a dull face jovial, and if it is sustained, the sad view of life that is pegged on the social challenges that one might be going through can be overshadowed. For instance, a couple who go out to be entertained by comedians in the evening will often forget about their family challenges, they will return home blissful and content. In the long run, their life can change for the better, substituting difficultness in their relationship with humor (BMJ 817).
Moreover, humor reminds one that life can be good, or there is something to be happy about. When people are facing social disorders and psychological stress, they need something to stir hope in their life, an assurance that there is hope. Cracking jokes and driving them into laughter is handy in restoring mental stability and releasing pressure on the brain. Consequently, humor should be encouraged in the society for it is helpful to entertaining and relaxing the mind of a stressed person (Martin and Sullivan 386-387.
Humor should have something more than entertainment, it can be used to mock bad habits in the society. When people do something wrong, and they are ridiculed, they may change for the batter. In this respect, good morals can be encouraged as the bad one are mocked and despised through humorous statements and acts. Comedies that are fully of satire can be used to criticize those who are in power as well as to glorify what is good. In this respect, humor and jokes have functions that go beyond pure entertainment. In democratic societies, this is one mode that has been heavily exploited to point out what is wrong in the political system, through mockery statement and acts that draw laughter of the audience (Kuiper, Aiken, and Pound 427-428).