Humor is infectious. The sound of roaring laughter is far more contagious than any virus or yawn. What’s so funny? We all want to know. Laughing with others is more powerful than laughing alone. I guess that’s why there is a huge industry devoted solely to making people laugh. Jokes, sitcoms and comedians are all designed to get us laughing.
When laughter is shared, it binds people together and increases their happiness and intimacy. Whether we are with friends or strangers when we laugh with one another, a positive bond is created. Many researchers believe that the purpose of laughter is related to making and strengthening human connections.
"Laughter occurs when people are comfortable with one another, when they feel open and free. And the more laughter there is, the more bonding occurs within the group," says cultural anthropologist Mahadev Apte. This feedback "loop" of bonding-laughter-more bonding, combined with the common desire not to be singled out from the group, may be another reason why laughter is often contagious.
Laughter is the shortest distance between two people. ~ Victor Borge