What is Laughter?

Live, laugh, love, right? While we can’t tell you how to live, and we sure as heck can’t tell you what love is, we can give you some insight on what it means to laugh.

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Photo: Psychology Today

Laughter just might be the most contagious of all emotional experiences. What’s more, it is a full-on collaboration between mind and body. Although laughter is one of the distinguishing features of human beings, little is known about the mechanisms behind it.

Scientists do know that laughter is a highly sophisticated social signaling system, helping people bond and even negotiate. Interestingly, most social laughter does not result from any obvious joke.

Laughter is not limited to communicating mirth. It can be triggered by embarrassment and other social discomforts.

Although laughter is not generally under voluntary control, yukking it up has numerous health benefits: It releases tension, lowers anxiety, boosts the immune system, and aids circulation. Contagious convulsions are anything but frivolous.

This article retrieved from PsychologyToday.com

Laughter really is the best medicine. It has the power to bring humans together, and form bonds. Here are our top picks to keep the chuckles flowing in your family, at work, and at social gatherings. Here are our favorites:

Cards Against Humanity– Perfect for parties

apples to apples– Perfect for families

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