Laugh and Be Well: Laughter So Pervasive That It Can Hardly Be Ignored By Scientists

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Humans from every culture on earth laugh

Ancient and Healthy: The Science of Laughter

Laughing at something doesn’t just provide you with a few minutes of mirthful respite. In fact it helps reduce the levels of stress hormones in the body and at the same time gives relief from anxiety.

MEDICAL NEWS TODAY — We all laugh. Some may laugh more than others, but it is a unanimous human trait. It feels good and brings people together. Really, laughter needs no introduction, but what is it for?

We laugh at jokes (albeit not all jokes). We can also laugh sarcastically, nervously, when we are stressed, or even for no reason at all.

Our laughter may be uncontrollable or maniacal, and it might also be forced, faked, or purposefully prolonged.

The laugh is so pervasive that it can hardly be ignored by scientists; it crosses all boundaries.

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Humans from every culture on earth laugh. Babies who are blind and deaf, having neither seen someone laugh nor heard the sound of laughter, still laugh.

Something as ubiquitous as this odd expulsion of sound and air must be important.

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