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In our hectic, modern lives, many of us focus so heavily on work and family commitments that we never seem to have time for pure fun. Somewhere between childhood and adulthood, we stopped playing and having fun.

Fun is not just essential for kids; it is an important source of relaxation and stimulation for adults as well.

While fun is crucial for a child’s development, it is also beneficial for people of all ages. Fun adds joy to life, relieves stress, supercharges learning, and connects you to others and the world around you. Fun will also make work more productive and pleasurable.

But how do our brains know when something is funny?

As science reporter Tanya Lewis explains, it’s thanks to the frontal lobe of our brain, which is responsible for our emotional responses. So while the left side is responsible for interpreting the words and structure of a joke, the right side determines whether that joke is funny or not.

When brains respond to laughter, our increased volume in breathing causes endorphins, adrenaline, and dopamine to be released.

Dopamine serves as a reward for the brain. It creates a sense of euphoria, and plays a pivotal role in our motivation to continue the behavior.

On average, humans only laugh around 17 times a day, and as far as we know, we’re one of the only species on the planet that laughs.

Some primates do show signs of laughter when they’re tickled, but scientists aren’t quite sure if this is the same as human laughter.

So, in the spirit of having more fun, if you have a good joke, please send it to us so we can share it!!

‘We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing’ George Bernard Shaw

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