Why Laughter Is a Sign of Learning

Good Humor

There's good reason for the whole family to laugh it up. Studies show that laughter lowers blood pressure, improves circulation, and strengthens the immune system.

A key to fostering a good sense of humor in our children is to be a good role model. Poke fun at yourself when you spill milk and send the message that it's okay to make mistakes. Encourage your child to share funny observations, and make it a priority to do something silly together every day, suggests Franzini.

Simple things such as making a sandwich talk or putting a baseball hat on the dog reinforces the idea that humor makes life a lot more enjoyable. An added bonus: It fosters creative thinking. "Part of the power of humor is that it cultivates the habit of looking at things from an unusual angle," says McGhee. As a result, your child will be better prepared to solve problems and see other people's particular points of view -- invaluable skills that will serve him well in the future.

So encourage your little one to bust out his best duck waddle or turn your Tupperware into a top hat. By creating time and space where our kids are free to be silly, we allow them to be the funny little people that they are naturally.

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