Do children really laugh 400 times a day?

April 29, 2011

Maybe it’s not funny to bust a beloved myth, but this one seems to be just that. This post from humorist Allen Klein suggests that the “children laugh 400 times a day but adults only 15″ claim is “one of those internet things”. Everyone repeats it, but no one seems to have an actual source.

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But forgetting the part about children for once (having raised one I can tell you that they can laugh a LOT – especially around age 13-14), let’s look at the other claim – that adults laugh – on average – 15 times a day.

I say – let’s celebrate that fact rather than coming up short! Fifteen chuckles a day isn’t so bad.

What’s your opinion? How many times each day do you think you laugh?

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Alexia Parks June 3, 2011 at 5:12 pm

Hi Marilyn: Back in 2000, I began teaching a mentoring program to parents (parents as FIRST mentors) and teachers. I used the figure 300 laughs a minute for children and 15 for adults. I picked it up from someplace else. So it has been around for at least that long. If you check it out yourself, by watching people around you, you’ll see it’s true. Adults rarely laugh. Perhaps its the people who told us: “that’s not a laughing matter,” when we’re bent over double with laughter, or the school librarian who put her finger to her lip for silence, that brought us to this unfunny adulthood. Just my 2-cents. (Make that 10-cents, now.)


marilyn June 7, 2011 at 7:36 pm

Yes, Alexia – the sad and true part of the story is that adults just don’t laugh all that much. Some of them hardly at all. Isn’t there always that point in a story where an unlikable character’s humanity is revealed through their laughter? The world needs to laugh, dance, and enjoy far more than we actually do. Thanks for the reminder!


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