#3 Laughters



我家女兒正在牙牙學語,每次見到爸媽開心笑,她都會跟著一起笑,比我們笑得更開心。生活中很多看似平凡不過的小事,都能令她捧腹大笑,好些時候我們都摸不着頭腦,究竟她在笑甚麼。但令我注意到的是年紀輕輕的女兒已經懂得分辨「真心笑」和「扮開心」。正好看到網上有一段TED 演講,標題為『Why we laugh』(講者為神經心理學家Sophie Scott),我就按入去了解一下。




BB仔聽 『人人常歡笑,不要眼淚掉』

#後生仔唱 『人大了,難得放肆地笑』

Dear students,

I would like to share about “laughter” this week. Do you remember the occasion that makes you laugh? Did you smile today?

My toddler loves to laugh at the most ordinary things she discovered. When she saw me laughing, she will join me with an even more joyful smile. Amazingly, while she is still learning to speak, she is able to distinguish a posed laughter with a real one. While I was wondering what makes her laugh and how she recognizes real laughter, I came across a TED talk “Why we laugh” by Dr. Sophie Scott which I am going to share with you today.

The ability to differentiate posed and real laughter is inborn. Real laughter can spread and make others laugh! Children are more ready to laugh while adults are less transmittable to real laughter.

Laughing can do us a lot of good. It trains our intercostal muscles as these muscles need to contract to squeeze the air out of the lung to make the laughing sound. Besides, laughter can also relieve stress and calm a tense situation. If a couple faces a difficult time with laughter, they are more likely to maintain a good relationship. We are 30% percent more likely to laugh when we are with other people and laughter is a catalyst to maintain bonding within a group. So, please cherish the good times with your family and friends, and remember the people and things that make you laugh.

The term has started and we have resumed the DoS hour (every Tuesday at 17:00 - 18:00 in DoS office). Come and spread your laughter or share ours!


Ellis Fok Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, School of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine

Associate Dean of Student, Lee Woo Sing College

The Chinese University of Hong Kong