Some people are very serious, they take themselves very seriously, and they expect others to do the same. We all know these people, they are a bore. Contrast that with the person who is always using self-deprecating humor to show their shared humanity. They are likeable and approachable; they are the ones that we love to be around.
Nothing in our lives should be so sacred that we can not use it appropriately for a good hearty belly laugh. We need to see our faults and follies and take joy in them, for in them we find our humanity, our imperfections that make us unique, those blemishes are the foibles that bind us together with those around us.
Who hasn’t experienced the odd friendly or family gathering where you sit around discuss all the stupid stuff we did when in our youth? Laughter is the result of remembering the times we got away with some silly prank, and the times we saw the hand of punishment descend upon us for missing the opportunity to escape. If we can’t laugh at these times, we need to learn how; it will literally lengthen our lives.
GK Chesterson said, “Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly.” We too are only able to fly, to succeed, to rise about the crowd, when we take ourselves lightly, laughing at ourselves by getting in touch with our humanity, and realizing our commonality with all those around us.