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Are There Good Reasons For Laughing?

Published on 9/22/2017
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Are There Good

Reasons For Laughing?



I love a good laugh with the best of them

but are there good reasons

for laughing?


I went to Google

to see what I could discover.




Robert Provine

is a neuroscientist and Professor of Psychology

at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.


He uses interdisciplinary methods

to study the development and evolution

of the nervous system and behavior.


He scientifically investigated

what makes people laugh.


His research

resulted in a book

Laughter: A Scientific Investigation

You can download a PDF version:



is an ancient,

unconsciously controlled vocal relic

that co-exists with modern speech—

a social, psychological and biological act

which predates humor.

and is shared with our primate cousins, 

the great apes.


"Most laughter

is not in response to jokes or humor,"

says Robert R. Provine,


He also says

he is skeptical about

the health benefits of laughter.


"The evidence", he says,

"that laughter has health benefits is iffy at best."


"Laughing more could make you healthier,

but we don't know."


'However", he says,

"it undeniably improves your quality of life".


Laughter is hugely potentiated


the presence of other people.


"We laugh

30 times as much when we're with other people

than we do when we're alone,"





Steve Wilson, MA, CSP,

is a psychologist and laugh therapist.

"Laughter we know

is not a learned behavior.


Humans are hardwired for laughter."

"People who are born blind and deaf still laugh."



Sophie Scott


who writes for the Guardian says,

"we do laugh because of humor and jokes,

"but we laugh mostly because of

love and affection.


We laugh to share meaning and understanding,

to make ourselves feel better,

to reaffirm relationships

to make new ones".



David DiSalvo


writing in Forbes magazine

six science-based reasons why laughter

is the best medicine.


He says about one of them,

"Laughter is a potent endorphin releaser".


"One of the most recent studies on laughter

shows that laughing with others

releases endorphins in the brain—

our homegrown feel-good chemicals—

via opioid receptors".


"The more opioid receptors a given person

has in their brain,

the more powerful the effect".


He lists five other science based reasons

why laughter is beneficial.




When you boil it all down

whether you can answer the question, 

'Are There Good Reasons for Laughing?"


laughter makes you feel good

you should do it as often as you can.


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