Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Laughter – The More the Merrier

Research shows that children laugh up to 100 times a day.  Adults laugh less than 10 times a day.  That is unfortunate for adults because a good laugh relaxes tense muscles, speeds more oxygen into your system, and lowers blood pressure.  No wonder children are so healthy and have so much energy!  Knowing the benefits, it might even pay for us adults to make each other laugh.
As we teach children reading, writing, and math, let’s also teach them that it’s good to have a sense of humor.  Let children/students see you smile and laugh.  This might also be a good time to help youngsters begin to understand the difference between socially acceptable and inappropriate humor.  Read humorous books with you children.  Watch funny videos or television shows together.  Learn to laugh at yourself when you make a mistake and children will follow your lead.
“You don’t stop laughing because you grow old.  You grow old because you stop laughing.”
– Michael Pritchard

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