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Humor and Kids

According to KidsHealth, children laugh about 200 times each day; adults laugh only 15 to 18 times. Laughter can help you and your children communicate better and build emotional bonds. "Laughing Is Good for You and Your Child" from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), states that having a sense of humor is good for a child’s mental and physical well-being.


  • Relieves stress.
  • Loosens muscles.
  • Lowers blood pressure and may lower hormones that create stress and weaken immunity.
  • Helps move blood to your heart and lungs, boosting energy and making you feel better instantly.
  • Triggers a point in the brain that helps a person feel pleasure and want to have that same feeling again.

Studies show that laughing is key to positive parenting, helping families have fun and come closer together.

KidsHealth gives you parenting tips to encourage your child’s sense of humor.

  • Model humor. Make jokes, tell stories, laugh out loud.
  • Encourage your child to be funny. Laugh at his or her attempts at humor—jokes, silly pictures, funny noises.
  • Fill your home with fun. Read funny stories, joke books, silly picture books, nonsense rhymes, and comics.


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Updated on 3/21/2012