Celebrate the Importance of Laughter

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April 1 kicks off National Humor Month! We’re celebrating by emphasizing the importance of laughter in our everyday lives. It’s true -- laughter is the best medicine. Anyone who’s ever watched a cat video on YouTube after a bad day knows this. But, did you know laughing can help you make more friends?

After examining a sampling of Skouters’ profile pictures, we found Skouters who share a profile picture of themselves laughing have their profile favorited 404% more times and make 324% more connections with others than the average Skouter. Laughter is contagious, and it certainly seems like people want to be friends with someone who has a good sense of humor.

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In addition to reviewing profile pictures, we surveyed more than 3,000 Skouters throughout the U.S. to learn their thoughts on humor and friendship. Highlights from the survey include:

We crack ourselves up.

  • 75% of people surveyed think they are funny.
  • People with a witty sense of humor are most likely to think they are funny (81%).

We enjoy laughing with friends.

  • 94% of people surveyed say they enjoy making other people laugh.
  • People who say their style of humor is slapstick are most likely to enjoy making others laugh (98%).

Practical jokers attract more friends.

  • Practical jokers and people who say “bathroom humor” is their style are most likely to have five or more close friends.
  • Least likely to have five or more close friends are people with a sarcastic or self-deprecating sense of humor.

Not everyone laughs at clowns.

  • 30% of people surveyed say they are afraid of clowns.
  • People with a sarcastic sense of humor are most likely (37%) to be afraid of clowns.

Women will pass on the chick flick -- they prefer comedy films!

  • Comedy movies trumped all other genres among women surveyed, with 26% of women preferring comedy vs. 23% who prefer action-adventure, 21% who prefer horror and 18% who prefer romantic films.
  • While 43% of men said they prefer action-adventure, comedy came in as the second most popular genre (21%).

Looking to laugh it up with the locals? Here’s where to go...

  • New Yorkers and San Franciscans are most confident (83%) that they are funny.
  • Houstonians want you to have a good time -- 100% of Houstonians surveyed say they enjoy making others laugh. 98% of Angelenos and Atlantans say the same.

Cards Against Humanity is a popular game among people with large groups of friends.

  • More than 50% of people with 5 to 9 friends enjoy playing this card game with their friends.

FREE HUMOR MONTH GIFTS EVERY WEEK!

Throughout Humor Month, we’ll be giving away one of the following gifts each week: HAHA, JAJA, Laughing Monkey and Laughing Panda. These Gifts can be found in the Humor category of the Gift Store. Stay tuned for the free Gift of the week!

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The simple act of giving a Gift to a fellow Skouter can really brighten their day. Click here to learn how!

SHOW US YOUR BEST #LOL FACE

Let the data speak for itself! Skouters who have a profile picture of themselves laughing make more connections than those who don’t!

We want to see a picture of you laughing! Post a picture of yourself laughing to the Buzz with the hashtag #LOL. We’ll choose our favorites and give them 500 Points!

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TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF COMEDY FILMS!