Laughter has always been a huge part of my working career, working as a writer and actor in comedic theater.
Most etymologists, those who study where words come from, believe that the word “humour” is derived from the same root as the words “human,” “humility” and—my favourite—“humus,” meaning “of the earth, connected to the dirt, soil”—that which makes things grow, where things are real, gritty and full of nutrients. To laugh is to be grounded in the best possible way. A sense of humour is a proclamation that I am fully human.
It is a sacred space.