Can you die from laughing?
There are several ways to die from laughing, including strangulated hernias, heart failure and strokes. (These are rare events and most require a preexisting condition.)
Death by Joke - Science on the Web #45
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Key Facts In This Video
Sigmund Freud theorized people laugh as a way to relieve tension about issues in our own lives. (1:12)
Fifteen facial muscles contract when we laugh. (2:15)
Those with heart or other health conditions may be at a higher risk of death following a strong burst of laughter. (3:16)