If you look up laughter in the Dictionary it will tell you that it is a movement (usually involuntary) of the muscles of the face, particularly of the lips, with a peculiar expression of the eyes, indicating merriment, satisfaction, or derision, and usually attended by a sonorous and interrupted expulsion of air from the lungs. The Keyword here is involuntary; usually laughter occurs for no reason and sometimes it does.
Thefirst type of laughter is the kind that you do out of happiness. This usually occurs when you hear something humorous or see something that is humorous. It comes almost as an instinct, you don't see or hear something that is funny and then think to yourself, oh this is a funny statement and I should laugh at it. This comes almost like a reflex. Sometimes even when people are angry and someone says something to cheer them up and no matter how hard they try not to laugh a smile creeps up on them.
The second kind of laugh is the nervous laugh. This is the less common laugh, it occurs when you want to relieve a tense or stressful situation, basically it means that it is a laugh out of desperation. For example if your parents find out that you did something and they ask you and they really know what you did and you don't know that they know it makes it harder to get out of this situation, you know you are cornered and you manage a fake nervous laugh to make them go easy on you. This can be a very stressful laugh and it is better if this never occurs.


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