Dogs bring laughter into our lives, in a special “magical” way…
It is no secret that laughter is a key component of human social interaction. We tend to laugh when we’re around other people, and seldom when we’re alone.
Because we tend to treat dogs as companions – they can induce laughter in us.
Jaxson is the Kevin Hart in our home, he’s the comedian who makes you chuckle even when you’re grumpy.
We know research has shown laughter reduces stress, which acts as a healing effect on people.
If you can get people to laugh more often – they begin to believe their quality of life improves.
SO HOW DO THEY DO IT? –
Research has found –
- People laughed the most when they saw dogs failing at some aspect of play. Harley is great at that – because he is so uncoordinated when it comes to fetch. He’s been known to trip over his own paws.
- Second to that is when a dogs does something which wasn’t anticipated. Sometimes Jaxson runs at full speed through the family room on his way to the kitchen. As he turns the corner he looses his footing on the hardwood floors. He’ll then glide sideways looking like Tom Cruise from the movie “Risky Business” #minustheundies
Our laughter means dogs are social partners. We laugh with dogs to share our amused recognition of social incongruities or shifting frames. We laugh with (or at) dogs when they do what they are not expected or supposed to do, and don’t do what they are expected or supposed to. Source: Psychology Today
Test this out yourself.
Gather some people together along with your dog(s) and try to take some photos.
It’s not as easy to do as I thought -but it was so much fun.
Excuse the blurriness, I couldn’t stop laughing…
This is our contribution in the BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.