Seven from Heaven

Laughter

Laughter is a part of human behavior regulated by the brain, helping humans clarify their intentions in social interaction and providing an emotional context to conversations. Laughter is used as a signal for being part of a group—it signals acceptance and positive interactions with others. Laughter is sometimes seen as contagious, and the laughter of one person can itself provoke laughter from others as a positive feedback.

Laughter is a mechanism everyone has; laughter is part of universal human vocabulary. There are thousands of languages, hundreds of thousands of dialects, but everyone speaks laughter in pretty much the same way.

The passion of laughter is nothing else but sudden glory arising from sudden conception of some eminency in ourselves, by comparison with the infirmity of others, or with our own formerly.

Laughter relaxes the whole body. Laughter boosts the immune system. Laughter triggers the release of endorphins. Laughter protects the heart. Laughter stops distressing emotions. Laughter shifts perspective. Laughter lightens anger’s heavy load. Laughter may even help you to live longer.