How often do you laugh?

If you know me, you probably know that I laugh out LOUD and yes that loud needs to be capitalised.

However, the fact remains that we adults don’t laugh enough.

Babies tend to laugh much more frequently than adults. According to research, babies as young as 4 months old can laugh out loud, and they tend to laugh more often than adults.

On average, a baby can laugh up to 300 times a day, while adults only laugh about 15 to 20 times a day. This is partly due to the fact that babies are experiencing new things and are more easily amused, while adults may become jaded and have more stress in their lives.

Additionally, laughing is an important part of a baby’s social development. Infants use laughter as a way to communicate and build connections with others, which is why you’ll often see babies laughing and smiling when interacting with their parents or other caregivers. As we grow older, we tend to use laughter more selectively and in more complex ways, which may be why we laugh less frequently as adults.

If you ask me, saying that adults laugh 15 to 20 times a day is also an overstatement.

Because do we?

Here’s a list of things that made me laugh in last one week:

  1. My instructor saying that this workout is easy. LOL it is NOT.
  2. I laughed at various points while reading the last three books: The easy life in Kamusari, Kamusari tales told at night and The great passage. All three are Japanese translated and are written by Japanese writer Shion Miura.
  3. Watching baby fail videos on Snapchat.
  4. Watching this anime called Campfire Cooking in Another World with My Absurd Skill.
  5. Talking with my husband.
  6. Talking to my mom on video calls.
  7. While talking with my bestie on call.

But these instances are nearly not enough or are they?

I don’t need to tell you about the importance of laughter but I think a reminder is always a good thing:

Why is laughing important

Laughter is an important aspect of human behaviour and has numerous benefits for our physical, mental, and emotional health. Here are some reasons why laughter is important:

  1. Reduces Stress: Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, which are natural chemicals in the body that promote a sense of well-being and reduce stress levels.
  2. Boosts Immunity: Laughter has been shown to increase the production of immune cells and antibodies, which help to defend the body against illness and disease.
  3. Improves Mood: Laughter can help to improve mood and increase feelings of happiness and contentment.
  4. Enhances Social Connections: Laughter is a social activity that helps to build connections and strengthen relationships with others.
  5. Relieves Pain: Laughter has been shown to have pain-relieving effects by stimulating the production of endorphins and reducing muscle tension.
  6. Improves Heart Health: Laughter can lower blood pressure and improve blood flow, which can help to reduce the risk of heart disease.
  7. Enhances Creativity: Laughter has been linked to increased creativity and can help to stimulate the mind and promote innovative thinking.

How to laugh more

  1. Watch or read something funny: Seek out humor in movies, TV shows, books, and social media. Laughter is contagious, so spend time with people who make you laugh.
  2. Attend comedy shows: Going to a live comedy show is a great way to experience the joy of laughter with others.
  3. Play games: Games that involve humor or silly activities can be a great way to get everyone laughing.
  4. Spend time with friends and family: Spending time with loved ones and engaging in activities that you enjoy together can often lead to laughter.
  5. Practice smiling and laughing: Sometimes, just the act of smiling or laughing can trigger a positive emotional response and help you feel happier.
  6. Look for the funny side of things: Try to see the humor in everyday situations and find ways to laugh at yourself.
  7. Take a laughter yoga class: Laughter yoga is a practice that combines breathing and laughter exercises to promote physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

So the question for you is 👇🏼

Daily writing prompt
What makes you laugh?

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