Why Do Humans Laugh?

  1. PhoenixV profile image68
    PhoenixVposted 5 years ago

    Why Do Humans Laugh?

    What is the reason for laughter in humans? How did laughter develop in our species?

  2. iiimusicfreak27 profile image60
    iiimusicfreak27posted 5 years ago

    Because the ticklish feeling inside from trying NOT to laugh can't keep us from letting out the evidence of our having a good time!
    ... Great question though. I think this calls for a little researching smile

  3. Docmo profile image93
    Docmoposted 5 years ago

    Laughter releases endorphins in the brain. These pleasure-hormones have a reward feature. There is a lot of speculation of how laughter evolved- most scientists say it is what is called an 'emotional contagion'  something akin to a positive cold virus! It is perhaps a way humans established social contact. Laughter can be physically stimulated - like the tickle- , socially initiated or stimulated through jokes as a cognitive response.

    It seems our ancestors, when feeling settled and happy perhaps after a large family meal ( around a barbecued mammoth?) realised the benefit of laughter as a social interplay. It built closer relationship among kith and kin and had a survival benefit as groups tend to last longer and communicate better than single existence. The pleasure response laughter gives gives internal enjoyment and restores our serotonin balance ( happy hormones!)

    Its all a lot of speculation using big words- but it sounds good doesn't it!!

    Great question!