Laughter's Mental Power

Laughter is a healthy way to manage your emotions and keep them in check. The possibility of producing positive emotions with laughter is high and it could increase one's subjective well-being and life satisfaction.

The positivity we experience with laugher allows you to be able to take yourself less seriously or the situation and increase the chances for the feeling of empowerment and be able to solve problems.

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We bond with others through many different means and laughter is one of them. We tend to build intimacy with others when we laugh with them and being happy with other people is being able to appreciate your present.

When we bond with laughter we are sharing our feelings and our emotions with others and feel accepted by them instead of feeling rejected or disliked.

Laughter's Physical Power

We learn to laugh at a young age, most at infancy. Being able to laugh during our infancy years helps develop our muscles and upper body strength.

Every time we laugh, it activates many different areas of our brain because it takes a lot of work to be able to laugh, such as the motor cortex, the limbic system, and the frontal lobe. Moreover, laughter can actually help control our serotonin levels and is an actual antidote to stress.

It's an amazing thing what laughter can do because when we laugh, our brains are actually recognizing the absurdity of a situation. It allows us to take a look at another person's perspective and understand their intentions which can increase the intensity of the current situation.

Most of us have heard "learn to take a joke" once in our lives and to be able to "get" a joke, you need to see the lighter side of things and that other possibilities besides the literal exist.

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Gelotology: the study of humor and laughter
  • This is what the physiological and psychological study of laughter is called.
  • It was founded by American psychologist, William Fry, from Stanford University.
What Humor Is

The three major approaches on what humor is and where it comes from:

  • The relief theory claims that laughter and humor are a way to discharge psychic energy.
  • The superiority theory points out why we laugh at other's bad luck; humor is here a way of affirming one's superiority over others.
  • The incongruity theory states that humor appears when two contrasting ideas are blended; here the punchlines are often the result of an accidental, unexpected reversal.
E. B. White

"Humor can be dissected, as a frog can, but the thing dies in the process and the innards are discouraging to any but the pure scientific mind.”

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