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Laugh and the World Laughs With You

Laugh and the World Laughs With You

Laughter truly is contagious: the brain responds to the sound of laughter and preps the muscles in the face to join in the mirth. “It seems that it’s absolutely true that ‘laugh and the whole world laughs with you,” said Sophie Scott, a neuroscientist at the University College London.


  • Have a little fun with this. Explore laughing and crying.
  • Why do you think our bodies laugh and cry automatically?  It seems like Mother Nature’s way of making sure people can take care of one another. It makes it easy for us to stay connected.
  • How do you feel when someone around you is laughing uncontrollably? Sometimes we just laugh along too, even if we don’t know what is funny.
  • And when we see people cry? Do we automatically feel sad too?
  • Do you think any two people have the same laugh? Or cry?
  • Have there been times in your lives when you didn’t want to laugh out loud – but it happened anyway.
  • Do you think you can tell is someone is only pretending to laugh or cry? Why might someone do that?
  • Sometimes people try really hard not to let people see them cry. Why might someone feel that way? Have you ever felt that way?
  • Share a time when you tried to hold back tears.