The Language Of Laughter

The Language Of Laughter

Laughter is part of the universal human vocabulary. All members of the human species understand it. Unlike English, French, or Swahili, one does not have to learn to speak it. We?re born with the capacity to laugh.
One of the remarkable things about laughter is that it occurs unconsciously. You don?t decide to do it. While we can consciously inhibit it, we don?t consciously produce laughter. That is why it?s very hard to laugh on command or to fake laughter. It provides powerful, uncensored insights into our unconscious. It simply bubbles up from within us in certain situations.
We also know that laughter is a message that we send to other people. We know this because we rarely laugh when we are alone. Laughter is social and contagious. We laugh at the sound of laughter itself. A whole room can erupt in laughter when actually only about a third of the people may know the joke. That is the power of laughter.
Most laughter is not about humor; it is about relationships between people. When we laugh, we?re often communicating playful intent. So laughter has a bonding function within individuals

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