Did you know that children laugh over 400 times a day! Whereas, adults laugh a mere 15 times a day…..who’s more fun to hang out with! I love children and playing with them is such a joy! Their simplicity, adventure, curiosity, love, passion are so contagious, they just fill me up. I’ve worked with children for over 2 decades and now as a grandma, living life with my grand kids I continue to be in awe of the joy that children are and bring!
The saying, “Laughter does good like a medicine” is not only a great declaration it is actually a true fact! New research indicates that laughing with friends releases feel-good chemicals, which also relieves pain. Until now, scientists haven’t proven that like exercise and other activities, laughing causes a release of endorphins. For my upper left-hemisphere thinkers…researchers believe that the long series of exhalations that accompany true laughter cause physical exhaustion of the abdominal muscles and in turn, trigger endorphin release. From experience, I just know laughter makes me feel better!
Another important trait of children is their vast and abundant imagination. Children often use narratives or pretend play in order to exercise their imagination. The make-believe, out of the box, forming new images in the mind that have not been previously experienced, creativity and artistic expression assist the mind to be free from external limitations. My 4 year old granddaughter Evah, is a right brain upper cerebral thinker. She is artistic, expressive, unconventional, loves variety and using her imagination. Recently, while playing together, we had lost a member of our “paper doll princess going to the ball” ensemble. Evah said to me, “Mama, let’s close our eyes and use our imagination to show us where the doll is, cause it works!” She closed her eyes tightly and visualized the missing princess piece. And find it we did! The best part of Evah’s imagination, to me, is how much joy she receives. You will often hear her laughing….out loud…to one of her made up jokes or silly stories she loves to tell. Yes, they are “off the wall” with little logic to them, yet fill her heart and mine with great happiness and laughter! And really, we should laugh until our belly hurts and then just a little bit more!
The popular song, “What the World Needs Now is Love Sweet Love” is absolutely true. I just might add…..and huge doses of laughter! We adults have a bit of catching up to do with our kids…..15 to 400! With awareness of the extreme benefits that laughter does to our hearts and minds and to our immune systems, we should be practicing this “homemade trait” more often! Today, sit down and play with a child, turn on a funny TV program, visit with a long time friend and share fond memories together. Your body, soul and mind are longing for that deep full belly laugh….come on now….laugh out loud!
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