Wherever there’s play, there’s laughter

Written by Jo Hood | Published

Wherever there’s play, there’s laughter

It’s often stated that children laugh many, many more times in a day than adults, indicating adults become too serious as they age! Reading on-line research material indicates this to be an unfounded piece of information.

What was indicated was that the more a parent laughs, the more their child laughs, particularly as infants. As children progress into their toddler and preschool years, their laughter increases in the context of playful interactions with others, both adults and children. Smiling and laughing occurred during both structured and unstructured play, in response to nonverbal actions, like funny faces or body movements. As children used language, there was an increase in the frequency of verbal utterances, like funny comments, unusual words used, stories, and songs.

Laughter certainly has health benefits. Studies have shown that it boosts the immune system, lowers blood pressure, and releases endorphins which act as natural pain killers. Laughter fosters social connections, reduces feelings of loneliness and anxiety, and strengthens relationships.

What are you waiting for? Playing and interacting with your child has benefits to your life, health, and well-being. This newsletter is full of ideas for home and family time! Enjoy

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