For some people a sense of humor is of prime importance. Its important for good friends, business partners, for traveling companions, house mates and of course for romantic relationships.

Humor reduces stress, it breaks the tension, it loosens up people, makes people feel younger….mainly its fun.
Humor is fun and its healthy. The act of laughing releases endorphins that create good feelings and promote better health too.

If you’re waiting for me to be noting a “BUT” here…you’re right.

gift_heartSome humor may not be “what the doctor ordered” to make you feel good. What about humor that is degrading to a minority or ethnic group? What about humor that is sarcasm? This is a dysfunctional kind of humor emanating from a person who may be insecure, have poor self esteem, and may be harboring anger. Have you had relationships with such people, or know them? How have you felt about them and how comfortable are you when you’re with them?

Another less than attractive sense of humor is the guy (or gal) who has a pretty immature sense of humor; a silly, nonsensical humor that often has people just rolling their eyes. How comfortable are you with someone who just doesn’t let up with this?

As wonderful as humor is (and it is a wonderful characteristic), it does have its limits as to what is fun and healthy. Enjoy looking for your new relationships and new Valentines. Hope you have lots of good healthy fun!

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About erodino

Elaine Rodino, PhD., is CEO of Senior Premier Dating LLC, is a licensed psychologist in private practice. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), Pennsylvania Psychological Association and the Los Angeles Society of Clinical Psychologists. Dr. Rodino is a past president of the APA Divisions of Independent Practice, The Society for Media Psychology and Technology, Central Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Los Angeles County Psychological Association (LACPA), the Foundation of LACPA, and recipient of the Distinguished Lifetime Contribution to Media Psychology Award, and the Distinguished Service Award to LACPA. She has appeared on T.V. and radio and contributes to magazines, newspapers and online health sites on issues regarding Couples, Relationships, Sandwich Generation, Holiday Blues, and other popular topics.

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