The production of humor leading to laughter and cheerfulness in others.
Humor production and appreciation is a human universal and may have evolved as a species typical adaptation in humans (Greengross and Miller 2008). Across the vast majority of cultures, “a good sense of humor” in a partner is listed off among other seemingly more important traits like intelligence and attraction (Bressler et al. 2006). From an evolutionary perspective, we understand that typical attractive features are thought to be indicative of genetic fitness (i.e., lower mutation load) and thus are considered fitness indicators. Taking that idea a step farther, Miller (2001) explains that there are also mentalfitness indicators – honest signals to genetic fitness via behavioral interactions with the environment: intelligence, creativity (including artistic and musical ability), and humor. In order for an individual to...
- Miller, G. F. (2001). The mating mind: How sexual choice shaped the evolution of human nature. New York: Anchor Books.Google Scholar