Laughter Facts

Humor laughter before we talked

Here is an interesting fact. Did you know that humans laughed before we talked.

According to research, laughter was used as a way for humans to relate to one another millions of years before they developed the lung capacity for language.

Laughter is rarely tied to humor

'Laughing a Scientific Investigation;, a book by Robert R. Provine, professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, describes an intriguing study about laughter.

It didn't take place at a comedy club. Provine and some graduate students listened in on normal conversations at local malls. They found that out of 1200 'laugh instances,' only about 10 percent were generated by a joke.

Couples who laugh together stay together

Robert Levinson, psychology professor at the University of California Berkeley, invited couples into his lab and asjed each partner to discuss something that irriotated him or her.

The couples who tack;ed the stressful situation with laughter not only felt better in the moment, but had higher levels of relationship satisfaction and stayed together longer than couples who didn't crack a smile.

Laughing burns calories

This is no joke! Just 10 - 15 minutes of laughing a day can burn up to 40 calories, according to a Vanderbilt University. Researchers determined that the increase in heart rate and oxygen consumption during these funny moments boosted the calorie burn.

Laughter is the best medicine

Multiple studies have pointed to the health benefits of laughter. Research at Loma Linda University showed that laughing improved the memory of adults in their 60's and 70's.

University of Maryland reseracherts found that hilarious movies improved the function pf blood vessels and increased blood flow in a group of 20 thirty-year-olds.

Other research shows that laughing can improve immunity, help regulate blood sugar levels, improve immunity, enhance memory, and improve sleep.

You are more likely to laugh around others - not due to jokes

If you're laughing, you're far more likely to be surrounded by others, according to research by laughter expert Dr. Robert Provine. The critical laughter trigger for most people is another person, not a joke or funny movie.

After observing 1200 people laughing in their natural environments, Dr. Provine and his team found that laughter followed jokes only 10-20 percent of the time. Social laughter occurs 30 times more frequently than solitary laughter.

In most cases, the laughter followed a casual comment or only slightly humorous one, which indicates that the person is more important than the material in triggering laughter.

Laughter is contagious

The saying 'Laugh and the world laughs with you' is more than just an expression. Laughter really is contagious! The sound of laughter triggers people upon hearing the laughter to automatically smile or laugh.

Jokes are funnier if you know the comedian

Familiarity is key to humor and laughter.Research shows people find jokes told famous comedians to be funnier than the same joke told by someone the're not familiar with.

Laughter is good for relationships

Research shows that couples who use laughter and smiles when discussing a sensitive subject feel better at that moment and enjoy higher levels of satisfaction in their relationships. They also tend to have longer-lasting relationships.

Laughter is attractive

Research found that women laugh 126 percent more tha men in cross-gender conversations, with men preferring to be the one prompting the laughter.

In a review of more than 3700 newspaper personal ads, Dr. Provine found that women were 62 percent more likely to mention laughter, including seeking a partner with a sense of humor, while men were more likely to offer humor in their ads.

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