Humour helps us cope with failure

Humour can be an effective method for coping with failure, new research has suggested. Investigators from the University of Kent found that positive reframing and acceptance are also ways in which people can deal with small setbacks and keep their spirits up.

Published in the international journal Anxiety, Stress and Coping, the study revealed these three strategies are the most effective in helping people feel satisfied at the end of the day.

Leaders of the research Dr Joachim Stoeber, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and Dr Dirk Janssen from the university's school of psychology said the findings will be useful to those working on stress research, such as counsellors and clinicians.

Dr Stoeber noted there is no use in a person dragging him or herself down following a failure, adding: "Instead it is more helpful to try to accept what happened, look for positive aspects and - if it is a small thing - have a laugh about it."