The impact of the discovery for the Average Joe is not going to be huge. It is massive for physics, because it is an extra fact. And there is nothing scientists like more than an extra fact.
Lets start with a joke! A Higgs boson walks into a church, the priest taking the service quickly runs over and says: ”We don’t allow Higgs bosons in here” and the Higgs says “But without me, how can you have mass?”
Ok, the joke isn’t very funny, in fact, it was almost as bad as the Faster-Than-Light-Neutrino joke made back in November.
Now, recently there has been a lot of news to do with the Higgs boson, or the frightfully named “God particle”. Sadly, despite the importance of both the idea and the data so far collected, articles seem to be giving a full, complicated explanation or dumbing it down so far as to be nearly fiction.