You Could Die Laughing.

Updated on August 15, 2017

The study of laughter is known as gelotology. We know certain parts of the brain control different functions. For example, emotional responses are controlled by the frontal lobe. But it's been discovered laughter is involved with other regions of as well. While the relationship between laughter and the brain isn't fully understood, some progress is being made.

Laughter is a fairly common occurrence with humans. But this doesn't make understanding it any easier. We love to laugh so much there are entire industries built around it. laughter. Television sitcoms and comedians are prime examples. Laughing makes us feel good and seems a natural response to humorous situations.

When we laugh, the pituitary gland releases a chemical called Dopamine and other chemicals which causes us to feel good. Some call this a natural high. It's similar to getting high using stimulants like alcohol, nicotine, cocaine, marijuana, and crystal meth. But the problem is you can't produce real laughter without a cause. This might explain why we are attracted to those who make us laugh. But not surprising, humans are said to be the only species that actually laugh. Some animals and birds may imitate laughter or make sounds resembling human laughter, but these, almost certainly, have a different purpose.

Laughter is the best medicine.

A common saying is "Laughter is the best medicine." Actually there is evidence supporting this claim. Studies have shown it can improve health by reducing pain and increases the ability tolerate discomfort. It's also been known to reduce blood sugar levels. It plays a major role in intimate relationships by being the cement holding marriages together. Laughter establishes a positive emotional climate between people.

But then again, health benefits of laughter may simply be a result from the social support it stimulates. There is now evidence revealing it helps blood vessels function better by allowing them to relax and expand, increasing blood flow. This is beneficial for the heart and brain, two organs requiring a steady flow of oxygen.

What Is Laughter?

Laughter isn't the same as humor. Laughter is a physiological response to it. Although laughter is a distinguishing feature of humans, little is known about the mechanisms behind it. It is known laughter is a sophisticated social signaling system, helping people bond and negotiate. Contrary to what many think, social laughter doesn't result only from obvious humor. It can also be triggered by embarrassment or other social discomforts.

Actually, researchers aren't sure if it's laughing that makes people feel better. It might well be a good sense of humor, positive attitude, and great friends. Family might also be an important factor.

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