I think my favorite type of person is one who laughs easily, and my least favorite person is one who decides not to laugh at something funny because of their own agenda.
I observed this the other day while watching a very funny sketch during the White House Correspondent’s Dinner. The camera shows some people in the crowd who are actively not laughing. Sure, humor is subjective, but it’s clear that at least a few of those people aren’t laughing due to their political leanings.
It’s not always political. Sometimes someone will choose not to laugh because they simply don’t like someone. Whatever the reason, I’m much more drawn to people who choose to laugh rather than those who choose not to.
I wonder if this is one of the reasons Jimmy Fallon has been so successful in taking over the Tonight Show. Leno and Letterman were/are so cynical. They laugh, but they also have this too-good-to-laugh demeanor about them. Fallon, on the other hand, can’t stop laughing, and I think people are drawn to him for it.
What do you think? Do you laugh easily? Have you ever chosen not to laugh for your own agenda? I have, and I wish I hadn’t.