Laughing and Feeling Happy | IELTS Speaking Questions & Sample Answers

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What kinds of things make you laugh?

Funny things! I suppose there are many different kinds of things that make me laugh: something silly, something stupid, or jokes if they’re good, and sometimes just ridiculous things that you see happen in everyday life.

The last time I had a good laugh was just yesterday when I watched a video of George Carlin, an American comedian, who was talking about saving the planet. He’s a really funny guy, but you never know when something funny will happen – sometimes when you least expect it.

Do you like making other people laugh? [Why?/Why not?]

I’ve never really thought about it. I used to make people laugh a lot with some of my comments, but I’m not sure if making people laugh is something really important to me, so I don’t think I would say that I like to or don’t like to make people laugh – it’s not that important to me.

I guess it’s more a case of, if I say something and someone laughs because they think it’s funny, then fine, that’s great and I’m happy that they thought it was funny and they’re laughing about it, but I don’t go around trying to make people laugh on purpose or trying to be funny all the time.

Do you think it’s important for people to laugh? [Why?/Why not?]

Personally I think it’s quite a good thing to laugh, it relaxes you. Someone once said that laughing is like ‘internal jogging’ – it’s good for you.

But you can only laugh if you find something funny, right, and there are some people who just don’t laugh much naturally, but I don’t think that’s a problem because everybody’s different. Some people seem to laugh at almost anything and others are generally more serious and rarely laugh.

Is laughing the same as feeling happy, do you think? [Why? / Why not?]

No, I don’t think it is the same. I’m happy most days, but I don’t go around laughing all the time. Maybe you show that you’re happy when you are laughing, but I think you can feel perfectly happy without laughing.

It’s like if you have a good your job and things are going well in your life, then you’re naturally going to feel happy, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to go around laughing in front of everyone. Happiness and laughter are quite different, although the two are often combined.

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