According to various research studies, one of the highest forms of defense mechanisms to cope with pain is humor. The more time I have spent with my father and his friends, the more I started to realize that this is how they deal with their hardships. They find solace in each other's company and share stories of the good times. They laugh, they joke, and they appreciate the moments they have together. During one of the many wild nights in the basement, my father’s friend came to me and said: “Look at this madness, who does this at our age? But we could either sit at home in despair or try to have fun.”
Humor does not minimize the significance of a terrible event, but it does sustain resilience. Even in the toughest of times, it can be a powerful tool for finding the strength to carry on.