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Southampton lagging behind in laughter league
12:30pm Thursday 4th October 2012 in News
IT SEEMS that people of Southampton don’t have much to laugh about.
The people of the city chuckle less than half as much as they should do, according to experts.
A study has revealed that Sotonians laugh just 6.8 times a day on average – whereas experts say 15 times is a healthy benchmark.
The findings, from an independent survey, see the city finish seventh from bottom in a national league table.
Arthur Jeffery, acting chairman of the City of Southampton Society, believes the city is not as cheerful as in the past.
He says Southampton – despite giving us comedian Benny Hill – has had less to smile about due to the economic downturn.
Mr Jeffery, 75, said: “Investment in Southampton is not as good as it could be and it hasn’t progressed as fast as it might have since the Second World War.
“Because of this, the general mentality of citizens may be slightly lower than elsewhere.
“But spending time in the city’s green areas and enjoying Saints’ recent success on the football pitch could boost moods.”
People in Leeds topped the table, laughing 8.7 times a day, while those in London laugh 7.2 times a day.
In the survey, carried out by online bingo firm Jackpotjoy, 55 per cent say a lack of money was the main factor holding them back from having fun, while 46 per cent blame the summer’s bad weather.
Psychologist Anjula Mutanda said: “Psychological studies have found pre-school children laugh between 300-400 times a day and this comes down to about 15 times a day in adulthood.
“Laughter is considered to be an essential behaviour of a happy, joyful person and brings a wealth of benefits.”
- Barbara Windsor today launches the Jackpotjoy FUNdation – a £250K bursary being pledged to the people of the UK to help them have more fun in their lives. For more info go to facebook.com/jackpotjoy and apply for funding
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