I was reading through some fun facts the other day, and one caught my eye more then the others. It said the average child laughs about 400 times a day, while the average adult only laughs around 15 times a day. Holy Cats!! So I got curious and looked up similar facts. Turns out Kids smile on average 400+ times a day, adults only 20. On average kids ask about 125 questions a day, adults only 10-15. Thats 27 times more laughs, 20 times more smiles, and 10 times more questions from kids then adults. Since when did we start letting the kids have all the fun!
I think this relates to the fact that most people see a statement like “Easily Amused” as some sore of childish act that us “Adults” shouldn’t partake in. You often hear it used as a sort of tongue-in-cheek insult, as if really implying oh that person is just acting childish for finding amusement in something so small. RIDICULOUS! I feel that far to often we as adults take things too seriously, and should find humor and amazement in not only the really small things but in the really big things. In fact one of my goals in life is to be easily amused, to find humor and amazement constantly throughout the day. I want to live in child like wonder and astonishment, to be young at heart.
I have the pleasure of being surrounded by children in my life, with my 2 year old Niece, and with my Girlfriends 7 year old son that I absolutely love hanging out with. I love experiencing the amazement and humor that they witness every second of every day. My Niece could spend all day flipping the hallway light switch on and off and never grow old of it. Ryan, the 7 year old, will laugh at just about anything. Last night in talking to him on the phone before he went to bed I went through the whole bed bugs goodnight sequence then after saying don’t let the bed bugs bite, I said and don’t let your farts wake you up, and we sat there laughing for at least a minute and a half. Remember back when you would laugh even at someone saying the word FART. But no no no, now were adults so we have to take things seriously, we cant laugh at that.
When I hear someone say I don’t know the last time I laughed that hard, my heart sinks. We all have the same world around us, yet only a few know how to find excitement and happiness in everyday things. I never want to hear myself say I cant remember the last time I… I would rather say I havent laughed that hard since yesterday.
Go out there and live in child-like wonder! Take a second to find the humor in those things that are bothering you, chances are you can change your mood about it in a split second. Subscribe to a joke a day newsletter or app, watch some funny youtube video’s (heres a link to one of my favorite youtube comedians), or even just sit down with friends and reminisce on the funny stories you guys may have forgotten about. The point is lets work on catching back up to the laughs and smiles that we used to produce on a daily basis. Lets live a joy filled life and stop taking so many things to seriously.
Below I’ve listed some other interesting facts about Laughter as posted by Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie, Indiana. Be sure to leave a comment letting the rest of us know how you find humor throughout the day, and any thoughts on the subject.
Live Life :: Love Life
Studies have pinpointed 18 different kinds of smiles. The most common is the smile of enjoyment
13 muscles are used to smile, but 47 are required for frowning. You have to smile nearly a quarter of a million times to make 1 wrinkle.
Laughter lowers the levels of cortisol in the body. Cortisol suppresses the immune system. Lowering these levels enhances the work of the immune system and may prevent disease.
You can stimulate your heart and lungs, elevate your blood pressure and improve breathing capacity by laughing.
In terms of exercise, you can get the same benefits from laughing 100 times a day, as you can from 10 minutes of rowing.
Charles Darwin believed that one’s facial expression can actually influence one’s moods. Studies in bio-feedback confirm Darwin’s belief.
15 minutes of laughter equals the benefit of 2 hours sleep.
One good belly laugh burns off 3 1/2 calories.
Laughing for 15 seconds adds 2 days to your life span.
The Chinese laugh more than any other culture in the world:
- they work hard
- they play hard
- and they laugh hard
According to study by Dr. Michael Titze, a German Psychologist, in the 50’s people use to laugh an average of 18 minutes a day. Today, that’s down to 4 – 6 minutes a day.
Dr. Lee Burk of Loma Linda University, California study showed that laughter causes endorphin release, similar to the ‘high’ joggers get when jogging.
Dr. Michael Miller from the University of Maryland found that laughter can improve circulatory and cardiovascular health.
An Irish study showed that laughter causes a rise in blood pressure. Other studies showed that blood pressure drops for a time when we stop laughing, which is much like aerobic exercise.
A Vanderbilt University study found that laughter burns a bit more than one calorie a minute.
University of Chicago studies show a great sense of humor can add 8 years to your life.
Stanford University studies show a good belly laugh can give you health boosting benefits equal to 10 minutes on a rowing machine.
People smile only 35% as much as they think they do.
Laughter releases endorphins into the body with the same exhilarating effect as doing strenuous exercise.
Fortune 500 companies such as IBM, AT&T, Lockheed Aircraft, Kodak, Ford Motor Company, General Electric, Southwest Airlines, Bank of America, and many others have adopted ‘humor’ into their workplaces as a tool to increase morale and improve the bottom line.