Health Benefits of Laughter

Health Benefits of Laughter

It's believed that the first human laugh originated as an expression of shared relief after overcome peril. Today, the average person laughs around 17 times a day and will use laughter to feel at ease with others. Learn more about what happens in our brains when we laugh.

How Does Laughter Work?

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from Brain Stuff

Key Facts In This Video

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    The average person laughs 17 times a day. (0:31)

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    The origins of laughter may lie in a sigh of relief expressed by our ancient ancestors after a frightening incident. (1:58)

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    Laughter helps us to relax by shutting off a valve that transports stress and adrenaline throughout the body. (2:40)

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