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Born to Laugh

Laugh and you’re participating in a universal, unconscious human behaviour that’s surprisingly complicated. Find out what’s behind the giggles and guffaws.

01.01.2017

Born to Laugh

“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.”  E.E. Cummings
Maybe you are natural snorter –one of the estimated 25% of women or 33% of men who laugh through their nose. Or perhaps a practiced pigeon laugher who keeps your lips sealed to produce a humming noise akin to the bird.   Or maybe you embrace a true belly laugh and are often left wanting for air. Regardless of your style, laugh and you are participating in a universal unconscious human behaviour that turns out to be simply complicated.

History tells us “surgeons used humor to distract patients from pain as early as the 13th century.”    Modern medicine has built-up evidence attributing laughter with health benefits ranging from burning calories, to boosting immune and circulatory systems, reducing stress, relieving pain, easing digestion and enhancing sleep. Laughter therapy is credited for helping to improve the quality of life for chronically ill patients. Formal laughter therapy programs teach patients how to laugh as a form of regular exercise.   No humour or jokes necessary for a rib-rattling chuckle.

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