|Alleviating stress with humour: a literature review
Author: Chinery, W Source: Journal of Perioperative Practice, 2007, vol. 17, no. 4, pp. 172-182
Is your sense of humor toxic or a tonic?
By Louise Dobson, Orlando Sentinel, January 8, 2007
Studies that link a sense of humor to good health are probably measuring this phenomenon; when you have a wry perspective, it's hard to remain anxious or hostile for long. Martin calls it "self-enhancing humor," because you don't need other people to entertain you; if something peculiar or annoying happens, you're perfectly capable of laughing at it on your own.