The Gift of Laughter
The ability to laugh as a family not only makes family time more enjoyable; laughter helps families solve problems, reduce relational friction, and helps keep your family healthier by stimulating the immune system. Here are some questions to encourage a good laugh around the dinner table.
What makes you laugh?
As you listen to your children explain what makes them laugh, make a note of what they consider humourous. You may gather the information to use in the future when they need cheering up.
What is the funniest food you have ever eaten?
Childhood memories can be the source of much laughter. As you listen to your children remember a funny food, encourage them to elaborate. The humor may come not only from the food but from the company and conversation surrounding the memory.
When was the last time you laughed so hard you couldn’t control yourself?
Memories can bring back powerful emotions. If laughing is truly healthy, helping your children remember a time of laughter is great medicine. Listen as they recall a hilarious experience; you may find that history repeats itself.
Just like healthy meals and family time, life is better with laughter. Making an intentional effort to laught together as a family can build self-esteem in your children, help them deal with the stresses of their day, and bring a joyful end to a hectic day. Your children will not be the only ones who benefit from this fun activity. As you enjoy their laughter, you may just feel the stresses of your day melt away as well. Make time to laugh with your family, the consequences will brighten our outlook of life.
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