Wednesday, July 12

“There is a thin line that separates laughter and pain, comedy and tragedy, humor and hurt.”
– Erma Bombeck, American humorist

Today’s Excerpt:

When does humor feel good? When does it feel bad?

Humor can bring us closer together or pit us against each other.

Have you noticed how that works?

The next time someone is telling a joke, notice each person in the room. Is everyone laughing, or does someone look hurt by the joke?

Chances are that everyone’s laughing — but it’s always good to be aware, since sometimes teasing or pranks can be used to bully.

Have you ever experienced any of the following?

  • A classmate who constantly interrupts the classroom with jokes, versus a classmate who knows the right timing.
  • A classmate who makes mean jokes toward other people, versus a classmate who helps people feel welcome.
  • A classmate who brings a sense of joy whenever they’re present.