There is one emotion, in my opinion that can draw people together more than any other. It’s not sadness, revenge, bitterness, jealousy, it’s happiness and laughter. Would you rather see someone with a big smile on their face, or someone who looks like they’re about to break down? Not that there’s anything wrong with breaking down, but happiness and laughter can go ten times farther. Do you ever look back in your life and say, “remember that time we just pummeled, that day sucked”, no, you look back at the happy times, the times that made you laugh. You don’t want to remember the bad things, you want to remember the things that filled you with joy, and it can bond people, maybe very different people, but people nonetheless.
A T.V. show that can successfully incorporate humor just got twenty times better. Even a serious drama that has times a witty light-heartedness can make you laugh and cry. All of my favorite shows do and a few of my favorite movies too. My favorite show of all time, Stargate-SG1 made a living out of witty puns and clever jokes. At the same time, in single one episode, it had more drama and emotion than a whole season of one of those crappy dramas.
Laughing is associated with good times, fair enough, and not being bummed out. Sure you can’t laugh all the time, but when you do, you’ll remember it more.
Is there anything for you that makes you smile almost every single time? Something that makes you think, gosh, why do people need alcohol, drugs, and crap to help? Well, maybe it’s not as strong or something, but it sure works for me.