Why Are #Yawns Contagious?

When we yawn, the reason we do it is to get more oxygen to our brain. A recent article argues that yawning may help us succeed in life. Given it’s purpose, it certainly has it’s reasons for existing and sustaining the test of time.

Why do we yawn when we see someone else yawning? Interesting question and the answers scientists have hypothesized are just as interesting. It’s likely due to survival but it changes based on our species whether we’re a parakeet, a monkey, or a human.

Another really interesting reason we may yawn when tired is to “cool” our brain. It’s like a computer that runs hot. We really are the most perfect machines ever created.

But why is it contagious to others? One theory is this it’s a subconscious attempt to bond with another person. Seems basic but makes sense. Everything happens for a reason. What makes the most sense for you?

The magical mystery of the yawn unfolds within this video. A yawn study revealed that the contagiousness was strongest among family, then friends, then acquaintances, then lastly strangers.

Heard animals yawn to alert others it may be time to rest. Dogs can be triggered to yawn when they see their owners yawn. Isn’t that adorable? Yes, a yawn in any form is precious.

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One Response to Why Are #Yawns Contagious?

  1. Nilam says:

    Nice blog post thank you for sharing information