*** 6분 영어 (Laughing could kill you)

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가을 느낌이 이젠 확연하네요~

아침 저녁으로는 반팔이 썰렁하게 느껴지고

바람은 시원, 하늘은 파랗고 ~

이번주 6분 영어의 주제는 웃음이네요.

이제까지는 웃음에 대한 글은 대부분 웃음의 좋은점에 관한 것이었다면

이번 주제는 웃음의 위험성에 대한 이야기하고 있습니다.

< 스크립트 요약>

You're bright red in the face, you've got tears streaming down your face. And you nearly choked on a glass of water!

I know we sometimes say, I nearly died laughing but nobody does actually die laughing, do they?


I think the risk of dying of laughter is probably low but in theory, what happens when we laugh is potentially dangerous!

 (cognitive neuroscientist Sophie Scott)

Laughter in a competition for control over your ribcage in your brain between laughter and breathing and speaking laughter will always win.


And laughter just takes those same muscles and it squeezes them eh eh eh eh and the air goes out out out out and notably it does not want to let you breathe in. It's trying to kill you. It's quite dangerous.


when you laugh a lot your diaphragm contracts and squeezes the air out of your lungs.

This makes it hard to breathe which is why you were gasping for breath earlier


Laughter is good for you.

When you laugh, your body releases happy hormonesAnd according to some research, people feel less pain as a result of having a good laugh.

scientists are saying laughter is a sort of natural painkiller?

They've done research where they make people laugh, and then test their pain levels afterwards.


<Danger of laughter>

The Strange Risks of Laughter


By Rachael Rettner, Senior Writer | December 12, 2013


Laughing appears to bring health benefits, but not always for some, a fit of giggles can have serious consequences, according to a new study that reviewed the effects of laughter.


The researchers reviewed studies on laughter published between 1946 and 2013. They found much evidence that laughing really is good for you.

For example, laughing has been shown to improve blood-vessel function and reduce stiffness of the arteries, which is a risk factor for heart problems such as heart attacks. One study found that people who laugh easily have a reduced risk of coronary heart disease.


Laughing may also be good for your waistline. A 2006 study suggested that 10 to 15 minutes of genuine laughter a day may burn up to 40 calories.


Another study, published in 2011, found that laughing increases a person's tolerance to pain, which the authors suggest is due to the release of endorphins.


But in rare cases, laughing can be risky, the review found.


 One woman with a condition that causes a hole in the heart experienced a stroke after laughing uproariously for three minutes, the researcher said.


And some people have accidentally breathed in foreign objects while trying to catch their breath during laughter.

Laughing can even dislocate the jaw, studies show.

And just like a cough or a sneeze, laughter has the potential to spread infectious diseases, the researchers said.


"Laughter is no joke," the researchers wrote today (Dec. 12) in a special Christmas issue of the British Medical Journal (BMJ) a lighthearted edition of the journal that includes real research.

   While laughter carries a low risk of harm, "our review refutes the proposition that laughter can only be beneficial," said the researchers, from City Hospital Birmingham in the United Kingdom.


Still, it remains to be seen whether "sick jokes make you ill, dry wit causes dehydration or jokes in bad taste [cause] dysgeusia (distortion of sense of taste)," the researchers joked.

(Livescience 기사에 내용에 이해를 돕기위한 이미지 파일을 찾아 첨부했어요)  


보통 웃음은 가장 좋은 약이라고도 합니다. 일부 병원에서는 질병치료에 도움을 위해 웃음치료를 하는 경우도 많이 있습니다. 하지만 기존의 웃음에 대한 상식을 뒤엎는 연구결과들이 나오고있습니다. 지금까지 알려진 웃음의 많은 장점에도 불구하고, 웃음이 일부 특정인들에게는 사람들에게는 생각보다 더 위험한 것으로 나타났습니다.


심장병을 있는 여성이 격한 웃음 후 뇌졸중으로 쓰러진 경우도 있고 크게 웃음을 터뜨리는 것이 심장이나 식도 파열, 간질 발작의 원인이 될 수 있는 것으로 밝혀졌습니다.

크게 웃는 동안 숨을 가쁘게 들이키는 것이 어떤 사람들에게는 요실금, 탈장, 천식 발작을

유발할 수도 있다고 합니다.

관련 동영상입니다.

Why do we laugh?


아주 웃긴 자료들 ~







a loud laugh that you can't control

A guffaw is pretty much the opposite of a chuckle

(Chuckling means to laugh quietly)

(ex) “Neil surprised us with his deep guffaw.”


laugh your head off

laugh very loudly for a long time

(ex) “It's a really ***** movie you'll laugh your head off!”



to stop breathing because something is blocking your throat

(ex) “I nearly choked to death on a cheese sandwich.”



the sheet of muscle separating your lungs from your stomach


We use our diaphragms for breathing, talking, and laughing!

“Do opera singers have more powerful diaphragms than other people?”



1) having difficulty breathing

(ex) “He was gasping for breath as he swam to the surface of the swimming pool.”

2) to be shocked or surprised by something

(ex) “I gasped in astonishment when I heard Neil laugh.”



means to laugh quietly.

(ex) “The audience chuckled through the show but they didn't seem very amused.”

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