By "Doc" Hilton on May 4, 2016
“If you can find humor in a situation, you can survive it.”
Those are the words of an unnamed comedian in the book, THE SENSE OF HUMOR, and the emphasis on the word “sense” is intentional. Think of humor as the “sixth sense” that everyone keeps talking about, but can never quite define. But understand, as well, that humor needs to be elevated out of the relative obscurity it enjoys in stand-up comedy clubs and late-night talk shows.
The therapeutic effects of humor have been analyzed, scrutinized, contemplated, collated, and annotated ad nauseam, but are usually hidden by a forest of mathematical, medical, psychological and statistical tables so dense that the subject dies from lack of oxygen.
Max Elliot Anderson has taken all of the data and put it in the language of the man on the street. Finally, whoever has an interest in the art and science of humor has a resource that will help them put a name on the positive effects of humor.
But we are living in the 21st Century, and the average consumer demands more! So . . . Anderson delivers.
The book is divided into two roughly equal parts. The first part is “How Humor Does What It Does.”
The second part of the book allows one to fully experience everything talked about in the first half, by providing a collection of humorous jokes, anecdotes, gaffs and giggles that will keep one in stitches – and out of the hospital – for the better portion of the remainder of one’s natural life.
5 stars for a book that delivers everything promised in the title!