For a healthy brain, Enjoying a laugh

A sense of humour is the ability to understand humour and/or appreciate a joke. A person with a well-developed sense of humour can recognise what’s funny in others and in life. Joking around with your kids can help their brain develop this essential, important skill.

Intelligence

Making, telling and laughing at jokes helps kids appreciate the nuances of language. Sense of humour is also a key aspect of emotional intelligence: to control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships.

Family Bonding

Most families have in-jokes, offbeat traditions and funny stories that become even funnier as they’re retold year after year. These funny stories eventually become an important part of a shared family narrative. Since laughing together is such an important part of family bonding, it is important to set aside family time for laughing, joking, and playing around..

Health

​There’s a vast amount of research proving the health benefits of laughter. It stimulates the heart, lungs and muscles, increases endorphins, relieves stress, reduces anxiety, increases heart-rate and improves blood pressure. Laughter even boosts the immune system and relieves pain.

The most important lesson: being able to laugh at oneself!  Not just because no one likes a person who takes themselves too seriously; it’s because laughing at oneself is key to resilience and positive growth.

You don’t stop laughing because you grow old. You grow old because you stop laughing. – Michael Pritchard