Children get dozens if not hundreds of daily laughs from “plain old ordinary” life; most adults manage fewer than two dozen laughs a day. Maybe losing one’s sense of humor is a sign of growing old in the worst way. At any rate, people who laugh regularly have fewer aches and pains, depression issues, and other classic “old grouch” problems.
If you’re in the habit of trying to stifle your own children’s laughter (“Don’t be so silly/noisy/distracting/inattentive”), maybe it’s time to consider what “being serious” could do to their future health—and yours. Maybe it’s time to take a break from your own concerns, join the kids in a good laugh, and see your “worries” in better perspective when you look at them again. Regular “laugh breaks” might even make you a more effective problem solver.
A Few Tips
A Few Jokes
Q: Why do sharks live in salt water?
A: Pepper would make them sneeze.
Q: Why can’t cows dance?
A: Because they have two left feet!
Q: Why did the cow jump over the moon?
A: The milking machine short-circuited.
TV commercial announcer: When you make this doll lie down, it closes its eyes and goes right to sleep, just like a real baby.
Little girl who is also big sister: They don’t know much about babies, do they?
Grumpy grandfather: If you keep being so silly, Santa will put nothing but coal in your stocking.
Little boy: Then can we have a cookout for Christmas dinner?
Little boy at bedtime: What’s making that tooting noise outside?
Dad: That’s just an owl. They’re nocturnal.
Little boy: I know it’s not a turtle!
Mother pointing to photograph of herself at age seven: Do you know who this is, honey?
Three-year-old daughter: That’s me when I get bigger!
Blessings to parents and children of all ages!