Why Do Humans Laugh?
What is the reason for laughter in humans? How did laughter develop in our species?
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
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!!
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