Which of the following examples of humor most clearly signifies emotional wellness?
A. When every situation can be presented in a humerous light B. When is consistently enhances your relationships C. When it is restrained and carefully considered D. When it only used to poke fun at oneself
When it consistently enhances relationships. The type of humor isn’t what defines emotional wellness, but rather its effect on you and the people around you. So we can eliminate C and D, which describe styles of humor rather than outcomes. Option A isn’t right either, because this may be only a short-term effect. Alternatively, the outward use of humor might be masking deeper symptoms of emotional distress. Sure, you might be able to present a situation in a humorous way – but does that actually mean you’re experiencing positive emotions?
Does it mean you’re processing negative emotions in a healthy and productive way? Not necessarily. Wellness can only be defined in the long term – it isn’t just a short-term release of tension. Option B is the only one that describes a stable, long-term health outcome from humor.