Why Do We Laugh?


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Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
First of all, I think laughter is a very ancient response. I say this because I once heard Jane Goodall describe how Koko the gorilla (who is trained to communicate with humans in sign language) shared a joke with a human, and then laughed.

So if laughter and humour are traits in common to humans and gorillas, they must have been a response developed long ago, by primate ancestors held in common by humans and gorillas. To work out what it is about, it is probably necessary to imagine what kind of social-bonding role it served for our primate ancestors.

I would imagine that it served as a signal of, "I trust you" (enough to close my eyes and roll about helplessly), "I am relaxed in your company and I want you to be relaxed in my company", "We are on the same wavelength".

It is also an important signal of affluence and well being: "I am so well fed, healthy and rested that I have time up my sleeve to be silly and have fun". "I am free of worries". "I am so confident that I can afford to relax instead of staying on guard". This would have been a definite attractant to potential mates: Wow, someone who is so successful a food-gatherer that they have time for a laugh!

Like they say, grinners are winners! The fact that laughing and humour made our ancestors more attractive to each other, means we still have that trait today.

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Emraan Varshani
Emraan Varshani commented
Laugh and Cry are the another form of Happy and Sad respectively. So According to me Laugh means to express our feeling, when we are happy. Similarly Sadness can be symptomized by quiet tense mood, biting nail, need loneliness etc...
As someone rightly said, "Laughter is the best medicine", because if one expresses happiness, that means he is ready to struggle with any disaster..
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Jessie Roberts answered
We laugh because we need to. Laughing keeps us sane and without it, we would all be miserable. Meaning that without laughter, life would be dull and uninteresting. We would all be bored and people would be mad and sad and not happy. Laughter is a sign of happiness. It shows that people are happy. It's like when you hear a Dane Cook joke, It makes you happy, you laugh, you smile, and sometimes you laugh so hard you nearly pee your pants! N.n
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Josh Way
Josh Way commented
That did not answer my question. I mean... Why does it come out when your happy? Or when something is funny? I can't really explain my thoughts but does that make sence?
Anonymous commented
yah, that makes sense. i don't know the answer though.
megan mercado Profile
megan mercado answered
Laughter automatically occurs due to the commands the facial muscles received coming from the brain. Our brains has this "list" of what is amusing to us and what is not. But, depending on our mood, sometimes we don't laugh at things that most of the time, makes us laugh because, certainly, it doesn't match our current mood. Hope you got the message....
suman kumar Profile
suman kumar answered
We Laugh when we see or here which is very amusing to us.
mike radcliffe Profile
mike radcliffe answered
We laugh because when there is a situation that is funny it is a way to release our feelings, and even when something isn't funny we may laugh because that is the way a person tries to deny that something bad has happened, they laugh about it...
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Suhail Ajmal answered
Natural laughter is a two-part, spontaneous, response to humor, that has physiological, psychological, and physical benefits and the average adult laughs 17 times a day. For more information, click here
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