To celebrate National Let’s Laugh Day on March 19, iconic candy brand Laffy Taffy — famous for its knee-slapping, side-splitting jokes on every wrapper — has created the first national survey of the laughter-loving habits of all Americans.
Did you know that 96% of Americans enjoy making other people laugh and 79% of people love the sound of their own laugh?
Based on a survey of 1,500 Americans, the Laffy Taffy study reveals how often we laugh, our favorite types of laugh, and even which U.S. states laugh most.
A. THE TOP 10 ‘MOST LAUGHTER-LOVING’ U.S. STATES
(ranked by the percentage of state residents who laugh at least 10 times per day)
1. Arizona (50%)
2. Maryland (48%)
3. Oklahoma (46%)
4. Louisiana (44%)
5. Minnesota (43%)
6. Indiana (42%)
7. Wisconsin (39%)
8. Pennsylvania (37%)
9. New York (36%)
10. California (35%)
B. GIGGLES ARE THE MOST COMMON LAUGH TYPE
Everyone laughs, but not always the same. Nationally, giggles (32%) top chuckles (20%) and belly laughs (19%). More unique laugh types uncovered by Laffy Taffy include the guffaw (6%), the cackle (6%), and the infamous “cry laugh” (7%).
C. SIGNIFICANT OTHERS MAKE US LAUGH MOST
Most Americans love to laugh with (or at) their significant other (33%). Other top sources of laughter include friends (27%), kids (19%), siblings (9%), and moms (7%). Dads, surprisingly, may need to up their dad-joke game (5%).
D. LAUGHTER MAKES AMERICANS FEEL LESS STRESS
According to the Laffy Taffy study, 95% Americans say laughter is a stress reliever — with 54% saying they will laugh out loud even when no one else is around.
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