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Knight Reading 2023-2024: Everyday Ubuntu

Find the Humor in our Humanity

Maintaining a sense of humor even in the bleakest of circumstances, is a valuable trait particularly as humor and joy not only help uplift us but help us to maintain perspective. "Finding humor in a difficult situation--especially in bleak times when we feel helpless, such as the death of a loved one or the diagnosis of a terminal illness--becomes our last defense. We can lighten the darkness even for a few precious seconds with a wry joke, witty comment, or silly thought" (p. 185).

  • Consider your own experiences. Do you recall a moment of joy in a sorrowful time? 
  • How do you cope with negative life experiences?

Additional Context

Participating in fun and uplifting activities on campus not only supports the individual but helps to build a sense of community. Entertainment ToKnight (ETK) is responsible for a significant amount of student-created campus programming. 

  • Takeda, M., Hashimoto, R., Kudo, T., Okochi, M., Tagami, S., Morihara, T., Sadick, G., & Tanaka, T. (2010). Laughter and humor as complementary and alternative medicines for dementia patients. BMC complementary and alternative medicine10, 28.

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