An average 4-year-old kid laughs 300 times per day. And how many times do you think average 40-year-old laughs? Only, 4, according to this statistic.
Maybe, the 300 number sounds like too much, but just think of any little kid you know. You’ll realize that they laugh all the time! They laugh at everything, especially on things, we, adults, would never laugh at.
Also, it might be just an urban legend that 4 to 6-year-olds laugh about 300 times a day. Some other blogs I’ve found on the topic have cited 15-20 as the average number of daily laughs for adults. But that’s not the point. It is that children laugh way more than adults do.
And this tells us something, RIGHT?
Laughter connects people
Just think about this. If you see that other people around you are laughing, you are absorbing the good vibrations from them too.
It changes OUR perspective
While we laugh, we feel way more optimistic, full with energy, positive. We are more sociable and more attractive too.
Laughter Rejuvenates Us
Norman Cousins have described the effects of his self-prescribed “laughing cure” in the book Anatomy of an Illness as Perceived by the Patient. He used to suffer from inflammatory arthritis, and claimed that ten minutes of hearty laughing while watching Marx Brothers movies gave him two hours of pain-free sleep and that inflammation and pain were significantly relieved.
Many researches since then have shown that laughter reduces levels of stress hormones such as cortisol, epinephrine, and dopamine. Laughter increases health-enhancing hormones (such as endorphins), neurotransmitters, and infection-fighting antibodies. More importantly it improves blood flow to the heart—all resulting in greater relaxation and resistance to disease, as well as improved mood and positive perspective.
Try to laugh in the presence of some child. Trust me on this one, the result will be HILARIOUS! 🙂