Laugh, and the world laughs with you…including this funny little guy!

May 24, 2017 5:07 pm Last Updated: May 24, 2017 5:07 pm

The late nineteenth and early twentieth-century author/poet, Ella Wheeler Wilcox, wrote a poem with this line that has become infamous: “Laugh, and the world laughs with you; weep, and you weep alone.” Most people only remember the first seven words of that phrase, and we are all probably the better for it! there is one little baby in this video who, along with his mom, appears to know nothing of the “weeping alone” part, either. This kiddo just can’t stop from having the silly giggles for no reason at all. And that’s the way it should be, yes?

That whole weeping alone thing can bring a person down, so let’s ignore it and just concentrate on the positive side of laughing! Did you know that we (humans) laugh up to 30 times more when we are in the company of others than when we are by ourselves? Laughter really is contagious! Or, did you know that frequent, whole-hearted laughter helps your body fight off harmful diseases? By altering the levels of cortisol in your body, laughing lowers your level of stress and fights off things that might be harmful to us. It’s true! I read it in a book!

Laughing is also a pretty good workout! When you laugh, you are strengthening your facial, stomach, and diaphragm muscles. Not buying it? Well, it may be a stretch, but it is true! It’s no substitute for the gym, but a bit of laughter does do the body good! Also, in studies that researched laughter (yes, people research that stuff) in adults versus children, it was found that kids tend to laugh about three times more than adults. If that’s not a good reason to get in touch with your inner-child, I don’t know what is!

Studies show that even though individuals usually rank “appearance” as being very important on their list when looking for a mate, we tend to find individuals who laugh more attractive. Yep! Laughing is sexy! Also, the average person laughs about 13 times a day, but who’s counting? Oddly enough, very few of those times are attributed to a joke or an intentional act of laughter-inducing funniness. More often, we laugh at random things that were never intended to be funny in the first place – like this video!

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