For something that we do day in and day out, laughing is a totally overlooked phenomenon. Not only has a variety of benefits-not least of which is keeping the blues away, it is also one of the least understood of the human abilities.
There are other awesome benefits to laughing more as well: just hearing laughter helps put us in a good mood, creating a positive emotional climate in the home or office. Laughing signals to other humans that we’re interested in bonding, and enhances cooperation among large groups.
If you’re not laughing, you are not living. Not sure who said that or if anyone ever said it, but I just did. Laughter should be part of our daily lives –like we drink water or take vitamins/eat healthy food or exercise.
But when comparing laughter to other positive habits, it should be noted laughter is 100% free and there’s hardly any effort –we can even fake laughter and reap the benefits. All in all, laughter is pretty cool and as a bonus makes us attractive. Why not do it more often, why not do it today?
Here are interesting facts about laughter which will at least put a smile on your face.
1. Laughter isn’t about jokes. Ask adults what makes them laugh, and most will tell you it’s jokes and humor. But they would be wrong. Robert Provine, a psychologist from the University of Maryland found that we actually laugh most when talking to our friends.
In fact we’re 30 times more likely to laugh at something when we are with other people. Intriguingly, within these conversations, we are still not laughing at jokes: we laugh at statements and comments that do not seem on the face of them to be remotely funny.
It’s a form of communication, not a reaction. The science of laughter is telling us that laughter is less to do with jokes and more a social behavior which we use to show people that we like them and that we understand them.
2. Contrary to popular belief, laughter does not actually make you fitter. Many a website hosts content that says something to the effect that laughter helps you burn more calories than jogging. Though laughing does have benefits like boosting your immune system, the calorie burning aspect is just a myth. Laughter increases your heart rate and the energy you expend by about 10 to 20 percent: hardly enough to make a dent in the extra-fat.
3. Laughter is attractive. Can you really laugh someone into bed? One study of personal ads found that both men and women specified a sense of humor more frequently than intelligence, education, profession or sexual drive. Another found that we rate strangers as more attractive if they laugh at our jokes.
4. The mechanism of laughter is so a part of us that it’s tattooed on in our brains. Babies as young as 17 days old have been observed laughing. In fact, children born blind and deaf still have the ability to laugh. Some scientists believe that laughter was a way for humans to relate to one another millions of years ago, long before we had developed the lung capacity to speak language. Laughing comes natural to us –let’s keep the tradition going.
5. Employees who are seen laughing or smiling are thought to be more satisfied or capable and thus are more likely to get a promotion. Laughing is an indicator of confidence, something that all bosses want in a rising star. It could also indicate someone who manages stress well, another bonus for you. So, go ahead and laugh your way up to the top.
6. Laughing catches people’s attention. It can make you seem more approachable and carefree. When smiles and laughs are shared, relationships can grow. And seeing as laughter is contagious, it can make others feel better too, which makes you an alluring and attractive person to be around.
7. Being stressed is a part of being human, period. It’s almost unavoidable, but that doesn’t mean we cannot learn to manage it. Your body immediately releases endorphins when you laugh, even when it’s fake. This sudden change in mood will help you feel better and release stress. Don’t make fun of the girl with the fake laugh –who knows, maybe she’s just trying to deal with her place in this world.