Sense of humor: is it inborn or developed?

December 10, 2009 7:01am CST
Most of us would like to be with a person who has a sense of humor.They say, life would be boring with out smiling or laughing which is the result of having sense of humor,or being in the company of someone who has sense of humor.What can you say?Is sense of humor inborn or developed?
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@sublime03 (1811)
• Philippines
10 Dec 09
I have to say that sense of humor is inborn more than it is developed. The reason why I answered inborn is because not everybody can develop a sense of humor. I do not even know if people can develop it since you cannot determine ones improvement on sense of humor because I for one can detect right away if a person has a sense of humor or not.
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• India
10 Dec 09
Of course sense of humour can never be inborn.Does a baby know how to talk when it is born.No.Similarly sense of humour too is something that we acquire over time.Actually it is a result of knowledge and experiences that we gain and how we exercise our mind to find humour in our surroundings and day to day activities.
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• Austin, Texas
11 Mar 16
Inborn or developed? That is a truly excellent question with all kinds of possible answers. I'll try to respond. Umm … does humor equate to happiness? Because we are all born to be happy. But what happens to us after we get here has a lot to do with whether or not we will be happy. We come into this world with a blank slate, knowing nothing, and so our initial experiences will shape our life, even if we don't remember them. For example, a gentle hug of a mother or father. Hearing sounds of laughter in the background of the place where you live. Someone smiling at your cute baby face or laughing because you cooed. That starts it, I think. As you grow and become aware, you learn whether you're in a loving and supportive environment or sadly, you got born into a hell hole! That environment can make or break your spirit. You can turn into a very angry person. Angry people are not usually happy people with a sense of humor. Nothing is funny to them! In fact, seeing or hearing others laugh and enjoy life might make them even more resentful. I could go on and on. But I think the answer is: You're born to be happy. Having a sense of humor is a part of that happiness. Someone or others can crush your spirit and make you lose the joy. But then, still others may cross your path and show you how to celebrate life and learn to laugh again! So I think it is within everyone or "inborn" to be able to laugh or have a sense of humor AND it can be "developed". That's my answer. I love this question! “A merry heart does good like a medicine: but a broken spirit dries the bones.” (Proverbs)