Sunday, June 22, 2014

Kristin van Ogtrop

Why do humans laugh?
  • Because it activates the same pleasure sensors in the brain that are triggered when we eat chocolate. 
  • Because it seems to stimulate the release of endorphins, which reduces the perception of pain. 
  • Because it reduces the stress hormone cortisol and so enhances our ability to remember.

--from Real Simple, July 2014