Do You Have a Sense of Humor?
Humor and laughter are good for us. There is increasing evidence that they can heal us physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. In fact, every system of the body responds to laughter in some positive, healing way. So how can we get more laughter into our lives? 46
Psychologist and author, Steve Wilson, has some answers.
Many people believe that we are born with a sense of humor. They think, "either you've got it,or you don't." Dr. Wilson points out that this is false.47
The parts of the brain and central nervous system that control laughing and smiling are mature at birth.48 (After all, when a baby laughs, we don't rush over and say, "That kid has a great sense of humor!") A sense of humor is something that you can develop over a lifetime.
Sometimes people think that they don't have a good sense of humor because they are not good joke tellers. Dr: Wilson reminds us that telling jokes is only one of many ways to express humor.49 Then we will make others laugh, too.
A person who has a true sense of humor is willing and able to see the funny side of everyday life. One of the best definitions of a sense of humor is "the ability to see the non-serious element in a situation." Consider this sign from a store window. "Any faulty merchandise will be cheerfully replaced with merchandise of equal quality." The store manager probably placed the sign in the window to impress customers with the store's excellent service 50 As Dr. Wilson says, "a good sense of humor means that you don't have to be funny, you just have to see what's funny."
A. He advises us to lose our inhibitions (抑制) and try to laugh at ourselves.
B. Is it possible to develop a sense of humor?
C. However, that does not mean that infants have a sense of humor.
D. What is true, however, is that we are born with the capacity to laugh and smile.
E. Everyone experiences this emotion.
F. He had a serious purpose, but if you have a sense of humor, you will probably find the sign funny!
46.B。从原文来看，空白处前面一句问到“我们能否从生活中获得更多的笑声呢”，空白处后一句说的是心理学家兼作家Steve Wilson有一些答案，从“some answers”可知空白处应该还是提问题，所以B(培养幽默感可能吗?)比较合适，符合内容一致的原则。
47.D。从原文来看，空白处前一句讲到有人认为我们天生就有幽默感，但是Dr.Wilson认为这是错误的，所以空白处应该继续谈论幽默感是否是天生的问题，所以D(但是事实是我们天生就有大笑和微笑的能力)符合原文，符合内容与段落主题一致的原则，“what is true，however…”与上文的“false”在逻辑上保持一致和连贯，“we are born with”反复出现保持了内容上的衔接。
49.A。从原文来看，空白处前面一句讲到有些人认为自己没有幽默感因为不会讲笑话，但是Dr.Wilson认为讲笑话仅仅是表达幽默的方式之一，空白处后一句讲的是我们也能使其他人笑，所以A(他建议我们不要抑制自己，要对自己大笑)比较符合原文语义，“he”与Dr.Wilson保持人称上的一致，而“laugh at ourselves”与后文的“make others laugh”保持了内容上的连贯。
50.F。空白处之间讲到商店的经理把这个标志摆在窗户里是为了给顾客对其优质的服务留下深刻影响，而空白处后面讲的是Dr.Whilson认为好的幽默感意味着你不必很好笑而是去看见一些好笑的东西，“as(正如，好像)”说明空白处谈论的是如何发现好笑的东西，因而选项F(他有个严肃的目的，但是如果已有幽默感，你就可能发现这个标志是好玩的)符合此处的语境，选项中的“he has a serious purpose”与前文中的信息保持内容上的一致。