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Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Laugh And The Whole World Laughs With You

Scientists have found that laughter really is contagious and they are now studying why. Researchers at the University College London and Imperial College London have found that positive sounds like laughter trigger a response in the brain in the same area that is activated when we smile.

The research is being funded by the Wellcome Trust. Dr. Sophie Scott, a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow says, “It seems that it’s absolutely true that ‘laugh and the whole world laughs with you.’”

I have always felt that laughter is contagious and it’s nice to know that science is now backing me up. We should all test this out at the holiday parties we attend. Instead of stressing over a good joke to tell…just start laughing and people should join in!

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