Fun and laughter – infants start to respond to being tickled around the age of six to eight weeks, if we as Mom, Dad or caregiver gently tickles baby he will laugh and then we laugh and then they laugh providing a deep bonding experience.
Neuroscience research shows that the brain prepares to start laughing as soon as we hear laughter. We are wired to respond to other fellow human being’s laughter – which is why we talk about laughter being “infectious”. Laughter produces endorphins in our brain that make us feel immediately better and relieved afterward. Haven’t we all had a good long laugh, where your stomach begins to ache, and you feel like a million bucks?
Laughter is good for your physical and mental health
If we interact with each other with laughter and a lightness of emotion, we feel happier and share in the fun of the moment. What we need to understand is that this is not fun at others, but rather fun with eachother. A shared experience.