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Austrians are happy folk says laughter survey

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The commonly held belief that some Austrians - or more often Viennese - can be a bit grumpy might not be true after all.

Over three quarters (nearly 80 percent) of Austrians laugh at least once day according to a survey carried out by opinion researchers Integral.

Ahead of World Laughter Day taking place this year on May 1st, the researchers asked 500 Austrians how often they giggle and what tickles them the most.

The most common reason for laughing - cited by 87 percent of respondents - was having watched a funny film or comedy performance.

Seventy-six percent said they found the funny behaviour of children hilarious, particularly those aged between 40 and 49-years-old (respondents not children).

Austrians are also apparently fond of a funny prank or two, with 72 percent citing “harmless jokes” as a cause for hilarity. Not known for its political correctness, 38 percent of Austrians also said they found un-pc jokes funny.

Around 48 percent - mainly young adults - found amusement in the misfortune or bloopers of other people. Austrians are also happy to laugh at themselves though, with eight out of ten saying they do.

Sadly, however, one percent of those surveyed said they seldom, if ever, laugh at all. They should probably meet one of the 80 percent of respondents who said they make other people laugh regularly. Men aged between 20 and 29-years-old were apparently most likely to think other people find them hilarious.

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