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The Power of Laughter. TOP 10 LIST What I Didn’t Know Until I Had Kids. 10. How bright a 3 a.m. full moon is 9. The design marvels of hooded towels, Velcro-strap shoes and mitten clips. 8. Which lines of The Cat in the Hat can be skipped over without a child noticing

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top 10 list what i didn t know until i had kids
TOP 10 LISTWhat I Didn’t Know Until I Had Kids

10. How bright a 3 a.m. full moon is

9. The design marvels of hooded towels, Velcro-strap shoes and mitten clips.

8. Which lines of The Cat in the Hat can be skipped over without a child noticing

7.Scientific names of dinosaurs from A to Z

6. That one can never own too many sippy cup lids or refrigerator magnets

5. How little sleep a human body truly needs to function.

4. Why anyone would bother retracing their steps for miles just to retrieve a lost blankie.

3. Locations of public restrooms all across town.

  • How to open a van door while bobbling 2 lunch boxes, extra coats, a purse, a diaper bag, and a baby.

1. How to change a diaper in the dark, in a parked car, on a standing child and all of the above simultaneously.


“Humor is something that causes a tickling of the brain. Laughter is invented to scratch it.”

Hugh Foot


  • Effects of Laughter on the Mind
  • Effects of Laughter on the Body
  • Impact of Humor on Learning
  • Role of Humor in the Classroom
  • Humor vs. Sarcasm
  • Ways to Increase Laughter within Your Family
effects of laughter on the mind the joyfulness of man prolongeth his days ecclesiastics 30 22
Effects of Laughter on the Mind“The Joyfulness of man prolongeth his days.” Ecclesiastics 30:22
  • Laughter is an expression of emotion (mood)
  • Sense of humor can lessen depression and anxiety
  • Helps individuals emerge from crisis
laughter and the mind cont
Laughter and the Mind (Cont.)
  • Increases a sense of positive self-esteem
  • Linked to increased dopamine levels
Lowers blood pressure

Reduces stress hormones (cortisol)

Strengthens immunity (t-cells)

Decreases sensitivity to pain (endorphins)

Effects of Laughter on the Body“The simple truth is that happy people generally don’t get sick.” Bernie Siegel M.D.
laughter and the body cont
Laughter and the Body (cont.)
  • Equivalent to aerobic exercise
  • Improves breathing and respiration
  • Strengthens muscles that hold abdominal organs in place

Numerous experts have espoused the use of humor in their fields for various physiological and psychological benefits. The use of humor has been recommended as a business management tool that promotes a productive work environment. (From the article Why Use Humor in the Classroom?)

impact on learning humor nurtures the trusting relationship needed for engaged learning unknown
Impact on learning“Humor nurtures the trusting relationship needed for engaged learning.”Unknown
  • Humor is a basic skill that needs to be nurtured and cultivated, and it can enliven any school subject
  • Positive emotions play an important part in nurturing cognitive development
  • Teaches meaning by interpreting tone of voice, facial expressions and body language
impact on learning cont
Impact on learning (cont.)
  • Humor gets our attention and increases the likelihood of memory retrieval
  • Establishes a sense of trust, so that there is more risk taking and self-confidence
  • Humor facilitates communication with both individuals and groups – skills needed in academic institutions around the country and businesses all over the world
humor and the multiple intelligences
Linguistic Intelligence

Mathematical Intelligence

Visual-Spatial Intelligence

Kinesthetic Intelligence

Musical Intelligence

Interpersonal Intelligence

Intrapersonal Intelligence

Humor and the Multiple Intelligences
The Role of Humor in the Classroom“Where there are children there should be laughter.”Mary Kay Morrison
  • It attracts attention and provokes thought
  • It helps children gain friends, promotes group membership and helps to deal with awkward moments
  • Can be effective in dealing with tension, especially prior to test taking
  • Helps students retain subject matter
humor in the classroom cont
Humor in the Classroom (Cont.)
  • Provokes imagination
  • Lowers defenses
  • Increased comprehension and cognitive retention (presumably due to less stress and anxiety)
  • Gives students a reason to attend class

sarcasm vs humor

Laughing at someone


Requires understanding social cues

Bitter/cutting remarks

Targets others in a negative way

Ridiculing and taunting others


Laughing with someone


Does not require understanding social cues

Funny & laughable comments

For the enjoyment of all

Comical and amusing for all

Sarcasm vs. Humor
ways to increase laughter in your home
Ways to increase laughter in your home
  • Really play with your kids without worrying about anyone watching you
  • Stand in front of the mirror and make faces
  • Play chubby bunny
  • Play a cranium game – one with play dough, charades, and wiggling
ways to increase laughter cont
Ways to increase laughter (cont.)
  • Play Twister
  • Read a funny children’s book
  • Play in the rain and splash in the puddles
  • Give your kids a camera and head outside for a funny photo shoot (bring props)
ways to increase laughter cont18
Ways to increase laughter (cont.)
  • Make an indoor fort with the dining room table, pillows, and blankets (act out a story or skit)
  • Look at old photos
  • Watch old home movies
  • Draw pictures of each other
  • Read a joke book aloud
  • Make up a singing routine
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Ways to increase laughter (cont.)
  • Camp out in a kitchen table fort with popcorn and a fun game, sing a few silly camp songs, make s’mores in the microwave, tell funny stories
  • Play Rock Band, Guitar Hero, or the Wii
  • Blow bubbles
  • Just laugh! And enjoy being with each other