“It is the first thing we do as a newborn and if all goes well, the last thing we do before we die.” (Psychology Today)
Chuckle. Giggle. Laugh. It’s an innate part of who we are. It’s a natural part of life. Just try watching a funny movie or going through a typical day without some sort of chuckle. It’s nearly impossible. We play our favorite movie or tv show when we need a “pick-me-up.” We laugh and reminisce about “the good ol’ days” when we catch up with old friends we haven’t seen in a long time. And cat meme’s own the Internet because each is sure to cause you to laugh.
Things just make us smile and laugh. And that’s important because it’s crucial to living a good, well-rounded life. Don’t believe us? Scientific research has shown that laughter is beneficial for:
- Boosting immune system by producing antibody-producing T cells
- Relieves depression
- Lowers blood pressure
- And can actually help improve your breathing by emptying your lungs of excess air. (GoodToKnow.co.uk)
What does this have to do with me?
These scientific results are especially important for our kids and their growth. Laughter not only physically boosts their life, but it helps them develop memories and associate good things with laughter. Our youngest children are close to watch our actions and what makes us laugh. They then mimic us and the things we enjoy, developing their sense of humor that can last for years.
Ever wonder why children seem to be so carefree? Maybe it’s because a study shows that children laugh over 300 times a day compared to adults only laughing 15 times per day. That’s quite a contrast! Maybe we should consider spending a few days this week laughing more and see how the results impact our mood, our outlook and our entire day.
Enjoy this laughing child!