Humour: the Wild Boar stamp from French Polynesia

Humour: the Wild Boar stamp from French Polynesia

The word "humour" in French comes from the English humour, which was itself borrowed from the French "humeur". "Humeur", from the latin humour (liquid), initially used to mean bodily fluids (blood, etc.), which were thought to have an influence on behaviour.

Strictly speaking, humour is a shade of the comical palette that tries to "draw one's attention, with detachment, on pleasant or unusual aspects of reality".

However, in common language, the meaning of the term has broadened to designate the funny side of things, that is to say all the means used to make laugh or smile. It is recognized that laughter has beneficial effects on health. Contemporary science has discovered that humour and laughter bring about, among other things, relaxed muscles, reduced stress and an improved immune system.

Humour is distinguishable by various concepts: it's a language, but also a means of expression. It can be used for various purposes and may turn out to be useful in teaching.

Ubiquitous in children's literature, "humour" has also been integrated into the philatelic programmes of the Post and Telecommunications Office.

The postage stamp by French Polynesia turns into a teaching aid that is interesting, pleasant or even funny, thus creating a connection between the youth and the works depicted, as it is not so easy to make children laugh in a smart and original way!

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