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DID YOU KNOW: Why Do We Laugh Until We Cry?

by Marquette Turner Luxury Homes

in Features, Health, Lifestyle, Variety, Wise Guy

Christine Watson of Marquette Turner Luxury Homes writes:

So why do we “laugh until we cry”? Well, experts aren’t 100% sure.

One thing to consider is that laughing and crying are similar psychological reactions. “They’re two sides of the same coin, and your body doesn’t always get things straight, says anthropologist Dr Stephen Juan (PhD), Ashley Montagu Fellow at the University of Sydney and author of the Odd Books series.


Crying is an emotional release that follows a heightened state: pain, sadness and even extreme mirth. It’s just the way we’ve evolved; it’s our bodies form of catharsis. Having a bit of a sob is good for you: weeping and chuckling release toxins, says Juan.

They also help ease a stressful situation (probably by counteracting the effects of cortisol and adrenaline), so if you do find yourself laughing until you cry – count yourself lucky!

“Laughter through tears is my favourite emotion” – Dolly Parton in Steel Magnolias.

Extract from The Odd Body Explained- Preventative Magazine

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