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Types of laughter | To laugh well | See also

 

Laughter is an open expression of felt humor. However, how you laugh sends different signals.

Types of laugher

Research for a TV comedy channel linked types of laughter with inner states.

  • Snorting: a snob expressing disapproval.
  • Sniggering: insensitive, unsympathetic and immature.
  • Cackling: loud, ape-like shrieks, enjoying the misfortune of others.
  • Chuckling: kind and thoughtful.
  • Belly-laugh: open and trustworthy.

The bottom line is that how you laugh says something about what you really think about the situation, plus perhaps how openly you feel you can laugh. In other words, as an uncontrolled expression (try stop laughing when you are amused) it lays people open to reading.

To laugh well

Laughing well is both therapeutic and also sends a signal that you are relaxed and comfortable with the other person. It says 'trust me, I am a friend'.

Laughing thus starts on the inside. You need to be first comfortable with yourself and feel able to laugh. To avoid snorting and sniggering at the misfortune of others, seek real concern about them.

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