Humor and Happiness Among People With Multiple Sclerosis

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Audre Tyner (Creator)
Western Carolina University (WCU )
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Thomas Ford

Abstract: The proposed research consisted of one study that examined the relationship between humor styles and happiness among people with a chronic illness, specifically Multiple Sclerosis (MS). In this study, we used correlational methods to test the hypothesis that a self-enhancing humor style relates positively to happiness and negatively to anxiety. That is, to the extent people habitually use self-enhancing humor to joke about their illness, they should report being generally happier and less anxious. We distributed a survey compromised of four measures to assess participant’s levels of happiness, anxiety, perceived stress in their daily lives, and the degree to which they used self-enhancing humor. Our findings supported the hypothesis that people who have Multiple Sclerosis and a self-enhancing humor style tend to be happier and less anxious because they perceive less stress in their daily lives.

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Presentation submitted to the 2020 Research and Scholarship Conference, Western Carolina University.
Language: English
Date: 2020
chronic illness, Multiple Sclerosis, humor, happiness

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