It is my understanding that the reason we laugh when presented with an unlikely situation is to reassure ourselves that we are not really in danger. When I’m watching Real-TV type shows and LMAO at the skateboarder who just took what appeared to be a painful digger I can’t help but think that my reaction is nothing more than my body saying “hey, don’t worry pal, this isn’t actually happening to you.” Am I really just venting my anxiety as an involuntary exhalation through the temporary loss of diaphragm control?
My second question is about a thought which occurred to me while I was watching a similar show with equally hilarious mishaps caught on tape. The video was of a woman skiing with a dog on a leash (running along side her). Inevitably, she wiped out and began dragging the pooch along with her, laughing heartily the entire time she was falling. Niether herself of the dog were in any grave danger, but the dog rolled quite a few time and was clearly not in control of its fall for a fairly long mooment. I was wondering, does the dog illicit any type of behavior similar to laughing to reassure itself in strange situations? Do any other animals besides humans “laugh” at the hilarity of their escapades? BTW, my roommate completely disagrees with my take on laughter, so please correct me if I’m wrong in my assumptions. LOL