We laugh up to 30 times more when we are in the company of others than when we are by ourselves. When they say that laughter is contagious, they were really right!
Laughter really is contagious. Ever wonder why television shows often play a “laugh track” after a funny moment? Even when we do not see where the source of the laughter is, simply hearing laughter can be contagious.
Studies show that while individuals usually rank “appearance” as very high on their list when looking for a mate, we tend to find individuals who laugh more attractively.
Just as children laugh more than adults, surveys have shown that women tend to laugh slightly more than their male counterparts. Maybe women are really the ones with the senses of humor!
The average person laughs around 13 times a day. Oddly enough, very few of those times are due to a joke or an intentional action. More often, we laugh at chance happenings or things that were never intended to be funny in the first place.
Laughing can create an instant bond between individuals. When you laugh in a group or with someone else, we feel a natural connection to those people and it can alleviate some of the social stress that being around new people might create.
Not a coffee drinker? That’s okay! Laughing shortly after you wake up can have similar effects to drinking a cup of coffee. Next time you laugh right after getting up, notice how refreshing it feels.
Humans are not the only being that laugh. Although less obvious to detect, many animals also experience something similar to laughter. Start watching out for your furry friends – turns out, they might actually be laughing at you after all.
Believe it or not, there really is a science to laughing. In fact, the science of laughing and its effects on the body is referred to as Gelotology.
Some studies have reported that laughing for at least fifteen minutes can add around 2 days to your overall lifespan. Live long and…laugh!Piggy-backing on doing your body good, for every fifteen minutes of solid full-body laughing you do, you can burn up to 40 calories! Dieting?
Get to laughing!
Laughing is a pretty good workout! When you laugh, you are strengthening muscles in your face, stomach, and diaphragm.
It’s no substitute for the gym, but a bit of laughter does the body good!
You’re much more likely to laugh in the presence of others, if others are laughing, and if you’re familiar with the comedian.
Laughter during negotiations increases the likelihood of small concessions.
Laughing for 15 minutes burns up to 40 calories.
Laughing is beneficial for your short-term memory and stress levels
Laughter Enhances Immunity, Improves Sleep, and more happiness.
When a group of people laugh, each member of the group will instinctively look at the person they feel closest to.