the ability to discern and appreciate what is funny

a.k.a. sense of humor, jocosity, levity

Among other things, humor is a stress-reliever, and can cut tension in social situations if one is careful to deploy it sensitively. Not taking yourself too seriously is a part of humility/modesty, and humor can be a part of that.

Complementary virtues

Contrasting vices

  • coarseness, vulgarity, buffoonishness (vices of excess)
  • a cruel sense of humor, making fun of others, mockery
  • humorlessness

Virtues possibly in tension

How to acquire or strengthen it


Notes and links

Mentioned elsewhere


Inspirational quotes

  • “Heraclitus would shed tears whenever he went out in public; Democritus laughed. One saw the whole as a parade of miseries, the other of follies. And so, we should take a lighter view of things and bear them with an easy spirit, for it is more human to laugh at life than to lament it.” —Seneca, On Tranquility of Mind 15.2