(f) Sense of humour
Humour is an important resource in terms of health and well-being (Witmer & Sweeney, 1992). A healthy sense of humour is viewed as being thoughtful, spontaneous and even philosophical (Sweeney & Witmer, 1991) while not taking life - including social status and the importance as an individual - too seriously (Sweeney & Witmer, 1991). Humour that is experienced in a positive way has an impact on reaching goals and working through tasks (Myers & Sweeney, 2008). Humour is defined as “a cognitive and emotional process, includes both recognition and appreciation of humorous stimuli and creation of humorous stimuli” (Solomon, 1996 in Myers et al., 2000, p. 254). Humour is associated with positive mental health.
Health and well-being are connected to healthy nutrition (Antonovsky, 1979) and research has found that positive and healthy nutrition contributes to a positive feeling of well-being (Mayer, 2011). Myers et al. (2000) have also found a relationship between poor nutrition and a decline in physical, psychological and emotional health. Witmer and Sweeney (1992) highlight that nutrition affects health, as well as performance at work and mood.