A sense of humor is an individual personality-psychological feature of a person, which is manifested in the ability to notice the contradictions and features of the surrounding world, people and events from a comic point of view. A good sense of humor is often an important social characteristic of a person, and also reflects his intellectual abilities.
The process of creating a joke and finding a new solution are quite similar - in both cases, you need to find a successful original combination of actions or words. People who have this skill more developed or better trained, show the best results in solving complex and non-standard tasks, and also have a good sense of humor.
A sense of humor is formed in early childhood and is a reflection of the environment and models of parents' response to various life situations. The more jokes and examples of highlighting the ridiculous in any situation surrounds the child, the better his own ability to joke develops. If there are few such examples in childhood, then a person forms a straightforward character and a limited view of the world, rigidity of attitudes and intransigence, which ultimately leads to social problems.
An unequivocal view and definition of a sense of humor does not exist. They are trying to measure and characterize many social disciplines, as well as linguistics and anthropology. Numerous theories of humor are put forward, explaining both its causes and purpose. In most cases, it is believed that humor is able to defuse the situation, relieve nervous tension and even reduce the level of aggression. Smile and grin are similar in nature, a lot of jokes and laughter are built on the troubles of others and their own superiority, so the theory of the shift of aggression into a socially acceptable form was born. When a direct attack was denounced in society, a moral and verbal attack appeared - in jokes, irony, sarcasm.
The more primitive jokes (cake in the face, footboard, etc.), the lower the level of development of society. Most often, such jokes are found in the closed systems of the army, prisons, degrading society. The higher the spiritual level of a person, the more developed the ability to abstract oneself from the situation (and therefore be able to analyze and synthesize, think in the scale of society, and not just one’s own personality), the thinner and more interesting the humor. The quality of education and mental organization directly affect the sense of humor. It has nothing to do with thoughtless remarks, which border on ridicule, can offend a person. Humor is always aimed at improving the mood of all those present. A good sense of humor always helps to establish strong and easy social contacts, rather than destroying them. Humor can reflect social mechanisms and the overall level of social order.