Laughter can be serious business. There’s evidence that people who laugh recover more quickly from illness. Neil and Sam share a silly joke as they talk about the topic and teach you related vocabulary.

This week’s question
There’s a scientific field of study into laughter and its effects on the human body. What is this study called?
a) gigglology
b) gelotology
c) guffology
Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

rib cage
structure in the human chest made of bones called ribs which protects your lungs and heart

relating to the simple, natural way humans lived in their early stages of development, before money, machines or writing were invented

a quiet, childlike but uncontrolled way of laughing

laugh out loud, often at something stupid or rude someone has said

animals, including humans, dogs and whales, which give birth to live young, rather than laying eggs, and who feed their young with milk

young animal which is not fully grown

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