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Do we laugh naturally?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 12, 2011 at 2:32 AM

I never see this talked about. I hear all about the posture of babies and how we drift away from that as we get older in our modern society.

However, have you ever heard a baby laugh? It sounds like pure joy without it being regulated in order to not sound "weird". I think most adults laughter is held back to an extent. I think real laugher is about letting loose, but I'm not sure. All laughs should probably be belly laughs with no tensing, in my opinion.

Any thoughts?

example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmLun_aDKbA

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on April 19, 2011
at 01:35 PM

That baby is hilarious! Watched it four times so far...

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on April 17, 2011
at 09:43 AM

But, but, paleo isn't funny! Laughter is a key way to de-stress, which can only be good. I try to put some humor in most of my posts and have been accused of being snarky at times.

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on April 13, 2011
at 05:34 PM

Um, Allie? You made me laugh...

9e7039b63b656582f66d84c5255b436d

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on April 12, 2011
at 07:40 PM

at about 27 mins into this video: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-3323021761394989726#

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on April 12, 2011
at 06:51 PM

This is incredibly interesting. Thanks.

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on April 12, 2011
at 03:30 PM

well said, bree! my daughter was not a laugher- very serious little monkey. i had to juggle flaming knives to get her to crack a smile and that was actually a really fun process for me. then along comes my son, who is the easiest laughter ive ever met. im having even more fun getting him to laugh. its a drug, for sure. all those delicious synapses that fire off at the sound of babys laughter and seemingly nothing else. im always chasing the dragon with these kids! :)

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on April 12, 2011
at 11:13 AM

Great. I just spent 10 minutes watching laughing babies on youtube ...

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15bbe916edc317045c4ad75da945717f

on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

you know,I've thought the same thing myself. Nothing feels as good as letting go and laughing with pure abandon!

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on April 12, 2011
at 03:17 PM

Nothing like a babies laugh to make you laugh. Our son started to laugh really early - and he's still a hearty laugher - they say at daycare he'll have a good belly laugh at least once a day.

Proud mommy video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHw5kU37DQE

I think as adults we dont let go enough to have a good laugh - being a parent has helped let go for me - I laugh much more now and often in public! It helps so much with mood.

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on April 12, 2011
at 03:30 PM

well said, bree! my daughter was not a laugher- very serious little monkey. i had to juggle flaming knives to get her to crack a smile and that was actually a really fun process for me. then along comes my son, who is the easiest laughter ive ever met. im having even more fun getting him to laugh. its a drug, for sure. all those delicious synapses that fire off at the sound of babys laughter and seemingly nothing else. im always chasing the dragon with these kids! :)

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9e7039b63b656582f66d84c5255b436d

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on April 12, 2011
at 01:26 PM

Desmond Morris talks about the origins of the laugh in "The language of the body". I've been looking for the right reference on the internet, can't find it, I see this on another forum:

Desmond Morris proposed that a laugh is an aborted cry. He cites the fact that an individual's first laugh is usually for that individuals mother or father, and is a response to a situation that would normally be considered alarming, or even frightening. His take is that the infant then begins to cry, and stops themselves abruptly with a realization something akin to, "this is frightening, but Mom does not appear alarmed, so it must be OK".

9e7039b63b656582f66d84c5255b436d

(1132)

on April 12, 2011
at 07:40 PM

at about 27 mins into this video: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-3323021761394989726#

05a1cb4b0c28558c2be2b7ac81b9467a

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on April 12, 2011
at 06:51 PM

This is incredibly interesting. Thanks.

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7e1064164e012a1ead098098245b1cd4

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on April 12, 2011
at 04:46 AM

I think the saying that 'laughter is the best medicine' is probably quite close to the truth. Certainly, it has many benefits. I only looked quickly but this is one of a few studies from PubMed:

The therapeutic value of laughter in medicine

I love this bit, taken from the conclusions: Adverse effects are very limited, and laughter is practically lacking in contraindications. Well thank goodness for that ;-).

I do agree that adults probably hold back when it comes to laughter. Sometimes when I'm alone and I read / see something really funny, I will try not to 'censor' myself and let my body dictate how hard I laugh (and convulse and judder...!). It's fantastic. I was ill the other week and was sat on the sofa watching a comedy, and I must have burst out into full proper laughter five or six times. Not saying anything came of this directly but I was back at work the next day feeling much better. I certainly felt less sorry for myself at the time as well.

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on April 12, 2011
at 03:44 AM

I would agree that most adults don't let loose on a good laugh. I, for one, love it when I'm crying because I'm laughing so hard. To each their own!

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Bd4be59f5bcfafc3d834d1ec8765eb9e

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on April 12, 2011
at 05:04 AM

I went through a phase when I unintentionally sounded like a french frog. Uhhuhuhuhuhuuu. Oui.

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on May 14, 2014
at 07:43 AM

I wish there was an online program that i would browse every day to make me laugh.

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on April 13, 2011
at 05:23 PM

I have found I laugh differently around my sister than around others. Our laughs somehow morph until they sound exactly alike. I don't know if I do this around other people because my sister and I have that strange ability to make each other laugh at anything and everything until we're laughing for seemingly no reason except to laugh. 8)

I love laughing and rarely hold back!

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05055dcbf12c81f1cce777ec365870af

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on April 12, 2011
at 08:46 PM

i think it has something to do with growth hormone and stem cell production. children are bursting with these chemicals and are in some way "high" much of the time. if youve done any drugs in your adult years you know what i'm taking about as many drugs reconfigure of chemicals into these sorts of states, but we usually have a type of hangover afterwards because we lack the nutrients to heal quickly.

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