We were at a restaurant the other day, and some people’s phones started going off. That it happened all at once, a few of us chimed in, “It’s an Amber Alert.” We talked about how the sound was annoying, and I said, “Wouldn’t it be great if you could change the ringtone for that?”
However, the music playing over the restaurant speakers was “Love Shack” by the B52s. I started laughing uncontrollably, and once everyone else got it, my son started singing, “Another one bites the dust.”
Before you start, we both realize that missing a child would be a complete tragedy.
But for me, dark humor is about embracing the fact that you aren’t in control. In this world, you will encounter bad situations; sometimes, you can only control how you react. Meeting negativity with whatever good spirits I can muster has been the only thing that has kept me sane.
Moreover, I came across a study linking IQ to dark humor. Check it out here. The results of the study showed those who appreciated dark humor had not only a higher IQ but lower aggression and the ability to cope with negativity more effectively.
I’ll squeeze whatever joy I can from life, so if you catch me laughing about something twisted, it’s just my brain defending itself against a harsh environment. Relax.