It happens to the best (worst??) of us. Laughing at a time when laughter isn’t appropriate. I’ve read about people who have laughed at funerals, at church during an important message or when their kid is freaking out at school.
Last week at work I laughed when the parrot bit my boss. Totally the wrong time — and in fact I did NOT find it funny. I was actually really worried about my boss, but all he heard was my laughter and he was not pleased.
(The bird, for his part, went into time out for the rest of the weekend.)
Anyway, I like my job — obviously I like it, since I’m the only one who works there other than the two owners! — but I couldn’t seem to explain to my bosses that nervous/inappropriate laughter is a THING that happens to people as a stress response. They think that I’m either (a) not interested in keeping my job, (b) a sociopath who laughs at others’ pain, or (c) both.