We all laugh differently. Some have a high-pitched giggle, while others laugh with deep chuckles. Some snort, some cry, and some are silent when they are laughing. As much as the average person laughs, it is interesting that not many take the time to understand the different types of laughter. Here are some different kinds of laughter and what they mean.

  • Etiquette laughter. Some people chuckle to be polite as well as to get along with others.
  • Laughter is also a way of bonding and agreeing with others.
  • Contagious laughter. Have you ever “caught” someone's laugh? It happens all the time. Similar to a cold, laughter can be contagious. Just hearing the sound of laughter is enough to make someone giggle.
  • Belly laughter. This one is our favorite, and considered the most honest form of laughter. This laugh sounds different for everyone, and that's just part of the fun. In a study conducted by Vanderbilt University, researchers found that men were more likely to grunt or snort at something they find funny, while women let loose with giggles and chuckles.

When you get together with your loved one, make sure to bring up funny stories from the past. Nothing brings on a smile quicker than family and friends sitting around and reminiscing about all the crazy things that have gone on through the years. Need another idea to give mom or dad a good laugh at the next family gathering? Get the grandchildren. If they are still young enough, ask them to put on a show. Singing, dancing and telling jokes is a great way to get the day started.

Want more laughs? That's easy. Head out to the movies. Pick a comedy that will make the whole family laugh. With all the huge megaplexes around there is always something to choose from. Head to the AMC theaters in Eatontown or Freehold or the theaters at Brunswick Square Mall. If you don't feel like going out, rent a movie to watch at home with your loved ones. Want more? Try a comedy show at Rascals in Ocean or Catch a Rising Star in Princeton.

Whatever you choose to do, do it with a smile on your face and laughter in your heart! Remember, laughter truly is the best medicine!

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