Laughing is positively infectious – the proof is almost scientific.
Have you ever been to see a comedy in the cinema and found yourself laughing hysterically at moderately funny scenes, just because the person in the front row is doing the same? Or when somebodys laugh is funnier than the joke itself, thus initiating an uncontrollable fit of the giggles in everyone within earshot.
I remember during a trip to Thailand I visited a hospital to have an injury attended to, and the two lovely nurses who looked after me literally laughed their heads off at me as I winced in pain. They forced me to laugh through it – a barrier in language but not in laughter. Or today, watching ‘friends’ with @alex_lp who (quite strangely) hasn’t seen every episode a million times and so could barely contain his laughter from start to finish. The humour of the show has been somewhat lost on me as an inevitable result of binge watching, but tonight I laughed along like it was the first time.
It’s a wonderful thing, laughter. A universal language connecting the disconnected, one that although we sometimes forget, we are all fluent in. It’s like a burst of happiness, escaping our bodies in the form of a joyous cackle.
Like a song that’s impossible not to sing to or a dance that’s impossible not to dance to.