Amazing Kids! Magazine

Science of Laughter!

By Isabella Taylor, Poetry Editor

 

Laughter can be defined as the action or sound of laughing. But what is happening in our bodies that is allowing for the laughter to spill out?  When we are laughing, we are responding to something funny. Our brain in response to the humor tells our body to perform a vocalized response. Sometimes this is also accompanied with a gesture such as knee slapping or clapping, not to mention all the facial muscles involved with our laughs.  Your respiratory system is also a major player in our laughter. There is irregular air intake during laughter, giving us the gasping laughing effect. There is actually a physiological study of laughter that is called “gelotology.” Coordination of the muscles throughout the body is required when we laugh. As a result of laughter, scientists have found that it increases our heart rate and blood pressure, reduces levels of specific neurochemicals and boosts our immune system. We cannot forget the social aspect of laughter. It has a contagious effect, which may be a way for us humans to connect to each other. Not only is laughter fun and rewarding, if you think about it, laughter is universal no matter what language you speak!