When laughter is shared it binds people together and encourages happiness. In fact, laughter is one of the key ingredients to a happy and healthy family life. Humor lightens your burdens, inspires hopes, connects you to others, and keeps you grounded, focused, and alert. The importance of laughter knows no bounds so try and add some into each and every day.
Laughter is a great way to find connection within your family
The other day my sons and I were in the car talking about my junior high school days. I was telling them about my experience and how I was voted “funniest” of my eighth grade class. My kids couldn’t believe it and it occurred to me that, that was one aspect of my personality that I wanted to share with them. So over the next couple weeks, when I would say something funny and they would laugh, I would jokingly remind them of my award. Not only would this reference be a nice reminder for me, but it was also a neat way to connect and intentionally include laughter in our day. Intentionally look for ways to include humor in your day and you’ll find it makes a big difference in your families level of happiness.
Laughter is a good medicine
Laughter is good for your mind, body and spirit. When you laugh you reduce stress and relax your body, boost your immune system, and protect your heart. The other day, my boys and I were watching one of the Dairy of a Wimpy Kids movies and both of my son’s said “Mom, you are that Mom”. At first I was taken a back and then I agreed with them and now it’s a family joke. There is more value in laughing at ourselves than trying to create this Self that isn’t real. The more we can show those we love the funny/ quirky parts of our personalities, the more open hearted and healthy our family’s can become.
Laughter builds relationships
Laughter and playful communication creates positive social relationships. I think that’s why kids tell so many jokes. When we can laugh with one another that creates a positive connection. This positive connection then acts as a strong buffer against stress, disagreements, and disappointment. It also helps bring families close and help them enjoy life together.
Sandee Bandettini, MS, MFT is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist that offers resources, support and classes to nonprofits and schools on mindful ways to live healthy and happy lives. She also volunteers her time to various nonprofits whose focus and attention are on the health and wellbeing of children. For additional information, please see her website: www.SandeeBandettini.vpweb.com.