About this Research Topic
Therefore, the aim of this Research Topic is to collect current perspectives on humor, playfulness, laughter, and cheerfulness in both adults and children, to study their full diversity but also interrelations and overlapping features, to introduce new instruments or ways for their assessment in future studies, and to study their causes and consequences in a variety of life domains. We will also welcome contributions from adjacent disciplines (e.g., education, leisure studies, or therapy/counseling) for a multidisciplinary perspective (but assure that all contributions fit the scope of the Research Topic and the journal) and aim for diverse contributions, not only from Western countries, but also other regions.
This Research Topic will focus on all article types that put forward findings (but are not limited to) regarding:
• Studies on the conceptualization, classification and dimensionality of humor, laughter, cheerfulness, and playfulness
• Identification of their components
• Studies on the relations (i.e., overlap and differences) among humor, laughter, cheerfulness, and playfulness
• Development and validation of instruments for their assessment
• Studies on their proximal and distal antecedences and consequences
• Studies on their development throughout the lifespan
• Studies on their training and malleability
• Studies on phylogenetic origins and their neural bases
• Humor and laughter, cheerfulness and playfulness as promoter of happiness, life satisfaction, and well-being
• Their relevance in different domains, such as health, workplace, education, partnership, etc.
Keywords: Humor, Laughter, Cheerfulness, Playfulness, Assessment
Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.