Podcast Episode 228: Laughing and Crying

Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 228 of The New Family Podcast, where we explore the universal human experiences of laughing and crying.

Long before we learn to speak, we communicate through laughter and tears. That’s because these non-verbal expressions come factory-installed. They’re instinctive, social and key to bonding us with one another, from our earliest days and through our whole adult lives. In this collaboration with documentary filmmakers Mike Downie and David Wells, we take a look at some of the fascinating science between why we laugh and cry. As Mike puts it, laughter and crying are an incredible expression of our humanity, and highlight a life well lived.

I also chat with one of the scientists featured on the Laughing and Crying documentary, Dr. David Haley, a psychology professor at the University of Toronto Scarborough.

Here are some resources related to this episode.

Watch the Laughing and Crying documentary on CBC’s The Nature of Things with David Suzuki

More info about Laughing and Crying on CBC’s The Nature of Things

‘Laughing and crying is the soundtrack of our lives’

4 giant myths about laughing and crying

Prof. David Haley’s UTSC profile

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Dr. David Haley talks with some new moms at the University of Toronto’s Scarborough campus

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About Brandie Weikle

Brandie is a long-time parenting editor, writer and spokesperson. Most recently editor-in-chief of Canadian Family magazine, Brandie has also been the parenting and relationships editor for the Toronto Star, founding editor of two Toronto Star websites, and an editor for Today's Parent. Brandie is a single mother of two in Toronto and a frequent television and radio guest on parenting topics. A former digital director at House & Home Media, she also consults on digital audience engagement. Contact her here. View all posts by


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