London – If you want someone to spill their secrets, make them laugh.
Research shows that we are more likely to tell others intimate information after having a good giggle.
It also seems that laughter is so intoxicating that we give away our secrets without realising it.
University College London researchers say that laughter is key to forming relationships – and we should take it more seriously.
To study the value of laughter, they asked more than 100 Oxford University students to watch a clip from a Michael McIntyre comedy show, a golfing instruction DVD or a David Attenborough nature documentary.