Laughter, Humor, & Play

Ivette J. Russo MS in Clinical Psychology

Humor, laughter, and fun promote happiness in families, individuals, an optimistic view of life, an outlet for stress reduction, and the chance to make living together as a family or community enjoyable.  A happy child is an easier child to parent than a child with a negative, hostile attitude.  As parents we model the behaviors that we want our children to adopt. Are you providing and modeling an environment filled with play, laughter, and joy?  Below are some laughter tips that are applicable to most relationships, especially a parent-child relationship.

  • Laugh together for 5-10 min. each morning.
  • Point out the day’s craziness to each other.
  • Seek out the humor in serious situations and share it with each other.
  • Consciously smile at your child more.
  • Stay playful in your interaction by keeping your voice and body language playful.
  • Take turns being responsible for the humorous thought for the day.
  • Giggle together right before going to sleep.
  • Have a laughter match to see who can laugh loudest and longest.
  • Surround yourself with flowers. “The earth laughs in flowers.” Emerson.
  • Echo each other’s laugh. Laugh each time your child laughs.
  • Count the number of times you laugh each day. Compete and share them.
  • Tell each individual in your family unit how much you enjoy the other’s laughter and sense of humor.
  • List the positive things in your day each day and read them to each other.
  • Play together one hour a week. Examples: Sing, dance, race each other, give exaggerated hugs, count smiling faces when driving together.


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