Jokes – little comments, images or moments in life that allow us to have a giggle. What could be more satisfying than that? Some jokes are just so terrible that they are hilarious, whilst others require an insane amount of intellect to understand (which often makes the joke sink).

However, there are some “jokes” that are not funny in the least. I thought I’d take advantage of this opportunity to raise awareness of how making a “joke” about a certain topic can crush people beyond belief. Obviously there are times in which jokes can relieve tension and yes, some jokes may be a little close to the bone dependent on your sense of humour – but we always know when a joke is no longer a joke, judging by the context it is used in and the reaction it sparks from others.

People seem to forget how closely bullying and lying can relate to joking. People seem to be able to cover all manner of idiocy and cruelty by simply saying it was a joke. “Joking” about people with glasses, people who are overweight, people with insecurities. These are all forms of “joke” that are totally unacceptable.

Don’t get me wrong – I have a great sense of humour and know how to take things light heartedly. I’m not stating that people should constantly be super vigilant of what they say to others, only that they use a little common sense. A general rule of thumb is generally “would I want to be the subject of this?”

Make all the jokes you will, laughing really does make the world go round! Just remember to think a little before you open your mouth, or send that picture or message. What may be a joke to you, could really impact someone else.