The Psychology of Humour. Learn what makes people laugh.

Enjoy the trip down giggle street
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1,563 students
Created by Stephen Renwick

What you'll learn

  • Some Funny Jokes
  • Laughter Therapy
  • Psychology of Humour
  • How to Make People Laugh
This course includes:
1.5 total hours on-demand video
31 articles
1 downloadable resources
32 lessons
Full lifetime access
Access on mobile and TV
Certificate of completion

Course content


  • A Sense of Humour
  • Interest in Psychology



Laughter is a universal and powerful human experience that is contagious, uplifting, and brings people together. This course will explore the psychology of laughter, its benefits, types of humour, what makes things funny, and how to make people laugh.

Course Outline:

Part 1: The Psychology of Laughter

– The benefits of laughter for mental and physical health

– The science of laughter and how the brain responds to humor

– The role of humour in human communication and social interaction

– Bad Dad jokes

– Interview with Comedian Terry Alderton

Part 2: Types of Humor

– Observational humour

– Wordplay and puns

– Satire and sarcasm

– Absurdity and surrealism

Part 3: What Makes Things Funny?

– The incongruity theory of humour

– The superiority theory of humour

– Theory of benign violation

– Theory of emotional relief

Part 4: How to Make People Laugh

– Developing a sense of humour and finding your comedic style

– Paying attention to your audience’s interests and sensitivities

– Using surprise and unexpected twists

– Timing and delivery

– Telling jokes and using humour in conversation

– Using humour in your presentations and public speaking

– Laughter Yoga

Part 5: Psychoanalysis of Jokes

– Introduction to Freud and Jokes

– Chapter 1: Theories of Humour

– Chapter 2: Freud’s Theory of Jokes

– Chapter 3: The Function of Jokes

– Chapter 4: The Structure of Jokes

– Chapter 5: The Dark Side of Jokes

– Chapter 6: Contemporary Theories of Humour



This course provides insights into the psychology of laughter, benefits, humour types, and what makes things funny, as well as practical tips on how to make people laugh. By learning how to use humour effectively, you can improve your social skills, communication, and personal relationships, and foster a more positive and fun-loving environment.

Who this course is for:

  • Everyone

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