Fascinating Facts About Laughter


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A day without laughter is a day wasted – Charlie Chaplin

We’re More Likely to Laugh Around Others – Not Because of Jokes

Dr. Provine and his team found that laughter followed jokes only about 10-20 percent of the time. Social laughter occurs 30 times more frequently than solitary laughter.

Our Brain Can Detect Fake Laughter

When you hear staged, or deliberate, laughter, it prompts more activity in your brain’s anterior medial prefrontal cortex, which helps you understand other people’s emotions.

Laughter Is Contagious

The saying “laugh and the whole world laughs with you” is more than just an expression: laughter really is contagious.

Jokes Are Funnier if We Know the Comedian

Familiarity is a key part of humor and laughter, and research shows people find jokes told by famous comedians to be funnier than the same joke told by someone they’re not familiar with.

Laughing Burns Calories 

Laughing raises both your energy expenditure and heart rate by about 10 percent to 20 percent. This means you could burn about 10-40 calories by laughing for 10 to 15 minutes.

Laughing Is Good for Your Relationships

Research shows that couples who use laughter and smile when discussing a touchy subject feel better in the immediacy and report higher levels of satisfaction in their relationship. They also tend to stay together longer.

Laughter Is Attractive

Women laugh 126% more than men in conversations, with men preferring to be the one prompting the laughter.

Just a short list of the benefits of laughter:

  • Relaxing your muscles
  • Enhancing creativity and memory
  • Improving well-being and positive emotions
  • Triggering the release of your body’s natural painkillers
  • Easing digestion
  • Boosting immune function
  • Improving sleep
  • Enhancing oxygen intake
  • Improving blood pressure

Laugh Each and Every Day

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