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Who laughs and why? 3 weeks 4 days ago #3547025

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Many humans laugh, not all.

Many Apes laugh like I suspect Dogs and Dolphins do too. So they say.

Who laughs and why? :laugh: It's a semi serious question. What does laughter do and why n where does it occur? Thoughts?
Spiders don't laugh I believe,, nor maggots or frogs?

Why do we Humans often laugh in the face of seemingly overwhelming tragedies? Please explain if you can, it's beyond me for now but I love a good laugh and love telling jokes, just for laughs.
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Who laughs and why? 3 weeks 4 days ago #3547026

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Laughter can increase your oxygen intake, which can in turn stimulate your heart, lungs, and muscles, laughing further releases endorphins, the feel-good chemicals our bodies produce to make us feel happy and even relieve pain or stress, the act of increasing and then decreasing our heart rate and blood pressure through laughter is calming and tension-relieving.
Laughter can even boost our immune system response through the release of stress-and illness-reducing neuropeptides.

Interestingly....babies laugh before they can talk.smile.png
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Who laughs and why? 3 weeks 4 days ago #3547041

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I have laughing fits quite often. Once it starts there’s no stopping it, only time will. I’ve been smacked and elbowed plenty in my life but that only makes me laugh harder. :evil: Oh, the why part. It can be mostly anything during church or in a meeting. My mind wanders and so do my eyes. If I see something funny I’ll whisper it to someone and it’s game over. :evil:
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Pats said: Interestingly....babies laugh before they can talk.

That is interesting Pats perhaps suggesting it's a hard wired human trait?
Nuture n Nature mixes no doubt too.. Both my daughters giggled before they talked.
Great to hear it has positive health benefits. I love to laugh like Woody.
Love South Park n Red Dwarf....Big Bang is my favourite.
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I can't remember where I read/heard this ... think it was a psychology course ... babies smile very early because essentially babies are helpless and smiles win us over ... so it's kind of inbuilt preservation when you have very few other defensive skills/weapons.

I find it quite strange when later in life laughing at people actually can become a form of attack and can be deeply hurtful.

Humans are strange aren't they?

I'm sure I've seen pictures of some animals appearing to smile.
There is a crack ... a crack in everything .... That's how the light gets in.

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Who laughs and why? 3 weeks 4 days ago #3547068

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During a study course in brain and behaviour, I recall studying some groups of primates and comparing their brains and behavioural responses.
Research conducted with groups of chimps in both established colonies and newly established colonies found that chimps in newly established colonies produced twice as many responsive laughs as chimps in well-established groups.
The chimps that laughed the most were the subordinate chimps- it seems to be a kind of social lubricant to help diffuse tension and develop friendships and alliances as a form of of protection.

I think humans often subconsciously use humour and laughter in a similar way - to cement friendships and alliances or to diffuse tension and get through threatening or emotionally difficult situations.
Step by step, one goes a long way.
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What i like to know is how do they know which animals can laugh and which can not and what colours some animals can see and what they can not see
for example they say that a zebra can not see orange ?
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Pondering if animals can laugh isn't new, the idea traces as far back at least as 1872 and Charles Darwin's 'The Expression of Emotions in Man and Animals' he focused on chimpanzees and other apes, which he observed emitting a laughter-like response to tickling or playing.
Decades later, similar research at Germany's University of Hanover concluded that these sounds are similar to human laughter.
The research also revealed that primates have spent the past 10-16 million years evolving this ability.smile.png
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I do think dogs are smiling whenever they are wagging their tails...they can't stop the motion when they are happy.
I have often been so happy I almost can feel my tail wagging....if I had one....

We all wiggle and giggle at times.
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Who laughs and why? 3 weeks 3 days ago #3547129

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The spotted hyena is very vocal, producing a number of different sounds consisting of whoops, grunts, groans, lows, giggles, yells, growls, laughs and whines
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