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What makes you laugh?

Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, but when they lit a fire in the craft it sank, proving that you can’t have your kayak and heat it!

What makes you laugh?   Jokes? Humorous events? Hard to say?  Research shows that much of our laughter comes as a part of ordinary conversation.  Laughter is a part of being human, and the parts of your brain that control laughing lie deep in the primeval areas of the brain in the areas that control breathing and basic reflexes, far from the parts that control higher functions like memory or language.  Maybe that is why sometimes it is hard not to laugh even when we know it is inappropriate!

It is commonly said that whilst adults laugh on average 17 times a day, children laugh 400 times – urban myth?  Certainly.   But think about how much small children laugh and then ask yourself: ”how many times have I laughed today?”

Laughing really is good for you.  Laughter reduces levels of stress hormones and releases endorphins; it also stimulates the auto-immune system.  Laughter reduces the impact of pain, breaks down negative emotions such as anger and is good for your heart.  When we laugh, we are friendlier, more resourceful, more attractive and feel more alive!

So how many times have you laughed today?  Do you laugh with your children each day?  When members of your family are stressed … could you do something that makes you all laugh?

I grew up in a house of laughter.  My father and I battled to make the killer pun.   Most of the lines were awful, but we laughed together every day.  For that I am immensely grateful, and anyone who knows me knows that you can’t talk to me for long before I will make some humorous, and probably ridiculous, aside with a grin, a giggle or a full laugh.

Laugh with your children.  They are not embarrassed to laugh, so why should you be?   They will thank you for it.

A little video: I challenge you to watch and not to laugh.