Why do we laugh inappropriately?
Laughter increases the pain threshold and may send endorphins shooting through our veins. ? Humour can be potent
We often find ourselves laughing at the strangest of moments. As psychologists are discovering, those helpless giggles might be one of our most important and profound behaviours, says David Robson.
My conversation with Sophie Scott is nearly over when she spins round in her chair to show me a video of a near-naked man cannonballing into a frozen swimming pool. After a minute of flexing his muscles rather dramatically, he makes the jump ? only to smash and tumble across the unbroken ice. The water may have remained solid, but it doesn?t take long for his friends to crack up.
?They start laughing as soon as they see there isn?t blood and bones everywhere,? says Scott. ?And they are SCREAMING with mirth; it?s absolutely helpless.? (If you want to see the video in question, you can find it here ? though it does contain some swearing.)
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