If we consider the above stated fact, then the first face that comes to our mind is the character of Joker (Arthur Fleck) played by Joaquin Rafael Phoenix from the 2019 film “Joker.” The entire film has scenes where he is seen to be laughing at trivial things in a very unusual and scary manner which inherits a sense of darkness in his character. This laughter of his is not because he is finding something funny, rather a bodily disorder because of his traumatic past and the way people make fun of his life. He is left all alone amidst the crowd and the way he has been treated is the dark reality of his life. In the case of the Joker, laughter is obviously not funny.
Similarly studies have shown that not all smiles or laughter are funny. People sometimes laugh just for the sake of a photograph. We also laugh to tease others even if it’s not funny. Laughing is more about bonding than comedy. A study by researchers at University College London and the University of Oxford suggests that laughter helps people to open up more about themselves, which can help them forge closer relationships. “Given the importance of disclosing behaviors in facilitating the development of intense social bonds, it is possible that the act of laughing may temporarily influence the person’s willingness to disclose personal information,” the study said.