“The fine line between roaring with laughter and crying because it’s a disaster is a very, very fine line. You see a chap slip on a banana skin in the street and you roar with laughter when he falls slap on his backside. If in doing so you suddenly see he’s broken a leg, you very quickly stop laughing and it’s not a joke anymore.” -Roald Dahl
Laughter, the universal language of us all. No matter where you come from you have the ability to laugh. It is programmed into your genes and whether you want to laugh or not you don’t have much control over it. It is beautifully said by Roald Dahl that when the poor chap breaks his leg it makes it a lot less funny.
It really doesn’t always come from jokes. Half the time when someone tells a knock-knock joke you just stand there, put your head in your hands and sigh because it is just so not funny. Most laughter comes for social situations or just spending time with your friends. But it is also helplessly contagious. It spreads in a situation something like this:
It’s recess and your friend cracks a hilarious comment about her cousin who does the stupidest thing when she eats pizza. Your first friend begins to giggle. The second friend let’s out a chuckle then someone just begins to roar with laughter with their head thrown back. This reaction is so completely hilarious that everyone starts laughing. It usually starts with that one person. That escaping giggle that can cause a room full of laughter.
It is believed that laughing makes relationships stronger. Whether this is your boyfriend or girlfriend, your best buddy or your mom laughing will forge a stronger friendship between people.This only occurs though when you laugh “with” someone. If you continually laugh at someone the chances are that your friendship might not be so strong.
Human laughter started with the apes. As most things in our evolution did. Their laughter usually does not come from a hilarious social situation with their bro. It has been documented in scenes where apes wrestle, or chase each other. If you noticed over your 12- 14 years of life human laughter is very animated. Many peoples eyes wrinkle and all of our laughter sound pretty different. Apes laughs are each individual as well. But their laughs sound more like a panting which is very commonly seen in gorillas.
So much has been said about laughter, so many people have laughed before us. So if you are sick let’s hope laughter is the best medicine.
Photos by Laura Jamieson