Study Finds Peak Belly Laugh Time is Friday at 8pm

Researchers tracked laughter patterns of 80 men and women over four weeks, finding that laughter peaks on Fridays at 8pm and women laugh more than men. The study also found that a good belly laugh can boost happiness levels by 25% and increase life satisfaction.

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Study Finds Peak Belly Laugh Time is Friday at 8pm

Study Finds Peak Belly Laugh Time is Friday at 8pm

Researchers at Karl Landsteiner University of Health Sciences in Austria have pinpointed the optimal time for a good belly laugh: Friday at 8pm. The study, published in the journal Frontiers In Psychology, found that laughter peaks as the weekend gets underway and that women tend to laugh more than men.

The researchers tracked the laughter patterns of 80 men and women aged 18-74 over a four-week period using wrist-mounted devices and body-posture accelerometers. The results showed that, on average, participants experienced 2.5 belly laughs per day, with a fit of laughter every fourth day. Women laughed 10% more than men on average and their laughter increased with age, while men's laughter decreased.

The study found that a good belly laugh can boost happiness levels by 25% and increase life satisfaction. However, Wednesday mornings proved to be the least humorous, with a 30% lower likelihood of laughter compared to the Friday evening peak. Personality also played a role, with more conscientious men and women laughing more, while shy individuals laughed less.

Interestingly, the researchers noted that laughter had little effect on overall cheerfulness, suggesting that some laughter may be more superficial. "Some laughter may be superficial, such as laughing at a boss's jokes, which may not be heartfelt," the study authors wrote.

The study also revealed that people who suffer from gelotophobia, a fear of being laughed at, unsurprisingly laugh less than others. Overall, the findings highlight the positive impact of laughter and the importance of seeking out humor and joy, especially as the weekend approaches. So mark your calendars - Friday at 8pm is officially belly laugh time.

Key Takeaways

  • Friday at 8pm is the optimal time for a good belly laugh.
  • Women laugh 10% more than men, and their laughter increases with age.
  • A good belly laugh can boost happiness levels by 25% and life satisfaction.
  • Wednesday mornings are the least humorous, with 30% lower likelihood of laughter.
  • Conscientious people laugh more, while shy individuals laugh less.