Turns out that Fido and All Creatures DO Enjoy a Good Laugh

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Although much has been learned about dogs over the years, scientists still strive to learn even more. As a result of this, there is probably more information available on these animals than almost any other. Even more than that, there are still things being discovered about these amazing creatures on a regular basis.

For many years, dogs were thought of as work animals and not much more than that. As humans have evolved – both in their thinking and their behavior – so has the way that these animals are perceived. With this change in perception, comes a growing desire to learn even more about the precious pets that brighten our lives.

It has long been revealed that dogs have many things in common with humans. These furry critters feel many of the same emotions as humans do and can even be afflicted with some of the same illnesses and diseases. While the emotions and behaviors of humans are sometimes complicated and difficult to comprehend, this is not always the case with dogs. From joy and sadness to despair and sorrow, these animals can display a wide variety of emotions. Unfortunately, it is not always easy four our four legged friends to tell us what they are thinking or how they are feeling. On the other hand, there are times when their feelings are crystal clear – in their actions, their behaviors and even their expressions.

Although we know that our loyal companions feel many of the same emotions that humans do, it is hard to know to what extent. For example, when humans feel joy or happiness, laughter is a somewhat expected response to these feelings. The question of a canine’s ability to laugh is one that has been asked many times over. The answer to this question is simple – yes – in a manner of speaking. The laughter of a dog, however, is definitely not the same as that of a human. In reality, it is much more like a heavy panting. The harder the animal pants, the deeper the laugh.

Canines pant for different reasons ranging from being hot to being excited. Scientists believe that each pant is different and therefore has a different sound and even appearance. For this reason, it often becomes important for pet parents to learn to read their pets so to speak. As humans laugh to express joy, a dog’s laughter is more closely related to excitement. This is often a result experienced during times of play. As the animal engages in play, he naturally becomes excited. The more excited the animal gets, the more he laughs – or pants. As such, this laughter could be seen as a chain reaction of sorts.

The phrase ‘laughter is the best medicine’ was originally used to convey the therapeutic quality of human laughter. As with many other things, these benefits are not limited to humans alone. Studies have shown that recorded canine laughter can have a calming effect when played for animals in shelter environments or other stressful situations. In addition to the calming effects, these recordings also promoted social interaction and feelings of apparent happiness as well. While this may not seem like much in the way of evidence, the fact remains that the demeanor of these animals was substantially improved after hearing such recordings.

Laughter – whether it be human, canine or other animals – truly is the best medicine for many things. If you have any doubt about that, just watch your pet closely when he plays. You will see an animal that is enjoying life and has no problem showing it to anyone that is watching. That, after all, is what laughter is all about.

Fred’s PS:

I caught an episode of StarTalk that Had Larry Wilmore and Scottt Weems on it discussing the Science of Laughter and this is where i learned that all mammals, yes all laugh – even cats which always seem way to serious to me but they do, here is the link to the episode

and here is info on Scott’s Study into the Science of Laughter;

Ha!: The Science of When We Laugh and Why

Ha!: The Science of When We Laugh and Why

by Scott Weems (Goodreads Author)
Humor, like pornography, is famously difficult to define. We know it when we see it, but is there a way to figure out what we really find funny—and why?
In this fascinating investigation into the science of humor and laughter, cognitive neuroscientist Scott Weems uncovers what’s happening in our heads when we giggle, guffaw, or double over with laughter. While we typically think of humor in terms of jokes or comic timing, in Ha! Weems proposes a provocative new model. Humor arises from inner conflict in the brain, he argues, and is part of a larger desire to comprehend a complex world. Showing that the delight that comes with “getting” a punchline is closely related to the joy that accompanies the insight to solve a difficult problem, Weems explores why surprise is such an important element in humor, why computers are terrible at recognizing what’s funny, and why it takes so long for a tragedy to become acceptable comedic fodder. From the role of insult jokes to the benefit of laughing for our immune system, Ha! reveals why humor is so idiosyncratic, and why how-to books alone will never help us become funnier people.Packed with the latest research, illuminating anecdotes, and even a few jokes, Ha! lifts the curtain on this most human of qualities. From the origins of humor in our brains to its life on the standup comedy circuit, this book offers a delightful tour of why humor is so important to our daily lives.

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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published March 4th 2014 by Basic Books (first published January 1st 2014)

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