How many times do you laugh your head off in a day?

Tuesday July 09 2013

While researching something at work recently, I came across an article that got me thinking.

It is said that on average, people laugh 17 times a day. So here’s a question: Does that seem high or low to you? And here’s another question: How many times a day do you laugh?

Laughter is contagious and has no known side effects, unless you count laughing until you cry. It’s that good belly laugh that exercises the diaphragm, relaxes muscles, and reduces stress while giving the heart a good workout as well while contracting the abs.

So, take advantage of what life has to offer by bringing humor into your life. What could be better? It’s free and has no known side reactions.

Laughter not only changes us in the loveliest ways. It also lightens up our mind and we feel more positive and optimistic, more hopeful and engaged. We’re friendlier, more resourceful, more attractive, more radiantly alive.

The day after I read that article on laughing, I decided to laugh more. I raised my “laugh quota.”


Pre-school aged children don’t have to be told to laugh. They laugh naturally and a lot more often than adults do. In fact, a study has shown that children laugh about 300 times a day as compared to adults who laugh 17 times a day.

Think about it. If others around you are laughing, you’re absorbing their upbeat vibes.

It’s kind of like second-hand smoke. You get almost the same effect as if you were the one laughing. And of course, since laughing is contagious, someone else’s laughter tends to trigger yours--so that gives you extra laugh points toward your quota too.

I also count long laughs as multiple points, because as of now, that seems to me about the only way to get to my 300 laughs per day.

But how can you find more humor in your life? TV and Movies offer an assortment of comedies, while getting together with friends at a club is a great way to bring more laughter into your life.

Change your attitude and instead of complaining about life’s frustrations, bring humor into the situation. Approach life with more joy and you’ll feel less stressed about negative events. So get counting and happy laughing!