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The Way You Laugh Reveals a Lot About Your Personality


When something tickles your funny bone, the way you laugh reveals more than just a joyful sense of humor. “Laughter and the body movements that accompany it are completely spontaneous and primal reactions — essentially all of a person’s walls come down,” says body-language expert Patti Wood, author of Snap: Making the Most of First Impressions, Body Language & Charisma ($13.55, Amazon). 

“Genuine laughter also stimulates many parts of the brain: The left side analyzes words, the right side helps us feel something is ‘funny’ and the back triggers the laugh,” adds Wood. “So the way someone laughs reflects her subconscious mind, which can give instant insight into a person’s true character.” Read on to discover what your chuckle reveals about you and how to read the laughs of those around you.

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