When it comes to virtues, we typically think of courage, hope, acceptance, and so on. But did you know that Humor is considered a virtue too? It falls into the category of Transcendence, according to the VIA (Virtues in Action) Institute. Transcendence is all about making meaning out of the world. This may be why people who have been through traumatic events or deal with death and tragedy on a daily basis make jokes about it. Humor may be their way "transcending" these ordeals. Other virtues in this category include appreciation of beauty, gratitude, optimism and spirituality.
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