Laughter is the best medicine. The saying’s been around for decades, but every year more evidence proves how true it is. In the 1980s, Norman Cousins started our modern love affair with laughter with his book, The Anatomy of an Illness, which detailed the role laughter played in his battle with illness. Dr. Cindy Solliday-McRoy writes about more health benefits in this blog post, Laughter Is the Best Emotional Medicine.
Laughter and Families
But what does laughter have to do with parenting a child with special needs? Jim and Lynne Jackson answer that question in a Connected Families website article entitled 5 Reasons to Laugh with Your Kids. The article isn’t specifically about families with kids who have special needs. But I think it is doubly significant for us. After all, if we have more daily challenges to overcome, don’t we need to laugh more, too?
5 Reasons to Laugh with Your Kids
That said, here are 5 great reasons from the Jacksons about why you should laugh with your kids:
- It feels great.
- It brings people together.
- It’s good for your body AND soul.
- It’s biblical.
- Just because you can.
To discover the why behind each reason, check out the entire article, 5 Reasons to Laugh with Your Kids and start smiling.
How Does Laughter Help Your Family?
Now that our kids are grown, I appreciate the fifth reason more than ever. Whenever we get together, much of our time is spent laughing…mainly because we did so much of it when the kids were little and easy to get giggling. Which of the 5 reasons is your favorite? What does your family do to make everybody smile? When is it hard to laugh? Leave a comment to share your ideas. And if you don’t have an idea to share, leave a joke instead. I’m sure everyone reading this blog could use a good laugh!