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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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