Knowing that Gelotology is the study of laughter is not as much fun as pronouncing the word – ‘je-le-TO-le-ji’. It sounds like Jell-O. That’s the giggle.
However, the word is from the Greek ‘gelos’ meaning ‘laughter’ and raises the question of where the name for the jiggly confection of a gelatin product originated.
Speaking of sound, introduces the results of a Gelotologist’s study of the sonic structure of laughter. The research revealed that all human laughter consists of variations on a basic form that consists of short, vowel-like notes repeated every 210 milliseconds. It can be of the “ha-ha-ha” variety or the “ho-ho-ho” type but not a mixture of both. Writers alert – beware of mixing the two forms to avoid a false presentation of jovial utterance.
I wonder what happened to the “he-he-he” type? Is it now extinct or restricted to the overlooked study of the female gender? Please consider reporting your ‘field observations’ of laughter to verify these findings and promote evidence based writing.
Gelotologists agree that laughter is a form of communication and a universal language. It serves as a social signal not only among humans but also dogs and other mammals. They make laughter-like vocalizations when they share positive social contact such as wrestling, play chasing, or touching.
Click link above to hear dog laugh.
Remember the sound of laughter reduces stress levels and promotes bonding.
Get your laughter on.