LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE
Who doesn’t love the sound of children’s laughter? Or a hearty belly laugh after a good, well told joke? A self-conscious laugh after an embarrassing experience?
What do you think of laughter when it comes from a person saying something and laughing at the same time? Is he laughing at his own jokes?
It seems to be the latest way of speaking. Have you noticed? Someone will say, “oh it only cost (ha ha) thirty dollars.”
“No: heh heh it’s too cold!’
Do you think that is funny? A great sense of humor gets us through bad
Situations, but that kind of forced laughter is irritating. Can’t you get through a sentence without that annoying (and phony) chuckle?
It reminds me of the origins of the handshake: to show the other person that you are not hiding any weapons in your hand.
And laughing at everything you say shows the listener that you are a person of good humor: you have no bad news to report to them!
I really never noticed or thought about it until a European woman one asked me: “Why do Americans laugh at everything?” After she said that I noticed that she was right! People can almost cannot speak unless they add a “laugh noise” to their conversation.
Have you noticed?