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Laugh 'Till You Drop

It is said that a smile increases our face value. How true! All of us like to see a cheerful person. A sense of humour helps us bond with our children. In addition, according to research, laughing boosts the body's immune system and is a great healer. Each genuine belly laugh releases positive chemicals into our blood stream and reduces stress to a great extent.

Children should be encouraged to look at the funny side of everything. They have a natural inclination to act little crazy and have fun. Unknowingly, we try to stop this behaviour, when we should be encouraging it!

Here are some ways to increase laughter in our lives.
  1. Play games with your children
    A game of "hide and seek", " I spied you" or "Blindman's buff' is thoroughly enjoyable. Even when you don't have time to play, just hiding under the dining table or behind the kitchen door when they come looking for you is sure to evoke peels of laughter. Have you ever noticed that even infants like to be tickled? You can challenge your children to make you laugh while having a straight face.

  2. Buy joke books
    There are some very simple joke books available for children. Check them out. Tales of wit have come down through centuries like the stories of "Akbar and Birbal" and "Tenali Raman". Subscribe for comics like "Archies" and read them with your children. "Tom and Jerry" CDs are a great hit even among the elderly. Share appropriate cartoons with children from the newspapers. Make up short limericks and share jokes with them. Funny anecdotes can be repeated over and over again.

  3. Visit the Circus
    If there is a circus show going on in your city, make it a point to take your children at least once.

  4. Join a Humour Club
    Humour Club has branches throughout the world. For a very nominal fee anyone can become a member in the club. The Humour Club conducts meetings once a month. It also encourages members to tell jokes. Children who are shy benefit from the Club, since they are often asked to contribute jokes. Usually kids are given a small prize for their efforts. This boosts their self-confidence.

  5. Put funny pictures on the wall
    Get lots of funny face stickers and put them on the refrigerator, car and even in your child's pencil boxes. These create a light and fun atmosphere.

A person who is optimistic and cheerful and who can at laugh at himself is the one who is popular and is liked by everyone. It is said that the next best thing to solving a problem is to find some humour in it. The Bible says, "A merry heart has a continual feast". Reinhold Niebuhr says, "Humour is a prelude to faith and laughter is the beginning of prayer". The astounding success of the "Oprah Show" has been attributed to her timely humour. Great comedians like Charlie Chaplin are loved by one and all.

Everyone's life has ups and downs. A sense of humour will help ease the jolts. Tricky situations and intensely personal questions can be handled with a touch of humour.

Go ahead and laugh your head off!

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Maria.8 years ago
great article! lol
i have a tendency to laugh a lot.. so it's great to know it is of benefit to my health despite others' orders to be at ease! lol
shankar.8 years ago
nice and informative.. like the style.. practical too... i guess laughter is something that has to be an integral part of our lives, regardless of age... i agree though, in the case of little children, it may be critical to their development of their personalities... cool article..
sharon.8 years ago
humor has been a big part of my childrens and my life. now that my children are raised i see the benefit of it. they do not look at everything that happened to them as a tragedy, but what can we find funny in this situation. humor has made them very resilient
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