Sophie asks, do you know that we’re 30 times more likely to laugh if you’re with somebody else than if we’re alone? Cognitive neuroscientist, Sophie Scott shares this and other surprising facts about laughter in the fast-paced, action-packed, and yes, hilarious dash through the science of cracking up and, yes cracking up. Wise people say laughter is medicine. Let’s just check.
All of us are doing this all the time. We do it so often; we don’t even notice it. Every one of us underestimates how often we laugh, and we are doing something, when we laugh with people, that’s actually letting you access an ancient evolutionary system that mammals have evolved to make and maintain social bonds, and clearly to regulate emotions, to make ourselves feel better. It’s not something specific to humans. It’s ancient behavior, which really helps us regulate how we feel and makes us feel better.
So its better to laugh together than laughing alone.
Let’s laugh together. People laugh together live longer.