Sunday, 12 December 2010

Laughter, megaphone to the soul

You can tell a lot about someone from the way they laugh - probably a lot more than they'd like you to know.

A shy swallowed chuckle might betray the shrinking violet lurking beneath a brash and apparently fearless exterior; a Mutley-like snigger might surprise you coming from a seemingly respectable librarian; a roaring guffaw might shake you out of your boots if it comes from a mousey accountant; and as for that sweet little old lady - well you'd be surprised just what a filthy laugh she has!

Then there are those who you'd have to be looking at to realize what's really going on. I know one woman who sounds precisely the same when she's laughing as she does when she's in floods of tears (tactful handling of phone calls from her can be an emotional minefield at times). And then there was the girl I used to work with who would collapse into a helpless heap of silent hysteria every time something tickled her funny bone. Not a single sound was uttered, but you could tell she was seriously amused by the fact that her face had turned beetroot red and she was slowly sinking to the floor behind her desk.

The way we laugh - and what we laugh about - reveals much more about us than we know.

And perhaps even more so because many of us don't really know how we do it. Take me, for instance. I actually have no idea about my personal laughter style. Part of me thinks that I am an extrovert chuckler with one of those what-you-hear-is-what-you-get guffaws, but I also know that I can be one of nature's incurable gigglers. Usually, with tears streaming down my cheeks.

Maybe that just means I'm a lot more complicated than I think I am?

So, forget about judging a man by the car he drives, a woman by her shoes or anyone by their eyes (after all, contact lenses are disposable these days).

If you really want to find out what makes someone tick, listen to them laugh.

And if they don't laugh, steer well clear... 

The final instalment of your treats from the 'She means well, but...' author. If you want to read more, nip over here and give it a follow. It's one of the BECKICKLESIE faves, tons of variety and written really well. A joy to read. Make it your new must-have-in-your-reader.

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