Is there a sound in the world that makes your heart jump and your soul dance? Yes, their is – it’s your child’s laughter.  A child’s laughter is the sincerest form of laughter, and that’s why it’s the most special and unique sound in the world.

No matter how we call it, a giggle, a snort, a chortle, a gurgle, a chuckle or a snigger, they are all the same when they come form our children’s hearts. Laughing along with your child creates a happy bond over and over again. Laughter releases serotonin, a chemical known as the “feel good” hormone, which improves cognitive functions such as memory-retention and learning. Serotonin is also known to regulate aging, so there you go: one more reason to laugh.

Why is a sense of humor important?

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A solid sense of humor helps kids become smarter, healthier and more optimistic. It grows a higher self-esteem and enables kids to be successful among their peers, as well as to deal with different challenges. Kids with a good sense of humor are more personable, and they’re able to look at life through a more positive lens.

Humor provides other important benefits to children. One of the best and well known ways to boost a child’s sense of humor is to spend quality time together on daily basis: responding to your child’s efforts to make you laugh encourages them to take pride in being funny and engaging in others’ humor. A sense of humor can add support to your child’s mental and physical health, as well as their emotional intelligence in their adult life. Some say humor is a form of intellectual play, as it boosts a child’s creative thinking skills, and we couldn’t agree more!

How to cultivate sense of humor?

Some children are born with it, others need a bit of a help to learn it. The most important thing is that us parents keep being a good role model with anything in our kids’ lives, including humor. It’s proven that laughter is infectious - if you start to laugh, everybody around you will soon hop on the laughing train. It’s the same if your child laughs. Within a few seconds, you will find yourself laughing as well, without even knowing what’s funny. So, find ways to awaken your inner comedian—look for the funny side to life’s ordinary situations

A little help from us

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Whenever you feel like you’re running out of things to laugh at, look to these basic kids’ jokes and fire up the funnies with your kids:

  • What animal always breaks the law? A cheetah (pronounced: Cheater)
  • Why is 6 afraid of 7? Because 7, 8 (pronounced: ate), 9.
  • Why was the cow sad? Because she couldn’t go to the moooovies.
  • What did the frog say when it finished reading a book? Read it! (Past tense).
  • What did the snowman say to the other snowman? Do you smell carrots, too?
  • What has 4 wheels and many flies? A garbage truck.
  • What do you call a fish without an eye? Fsh.
  • Where do mice park their boats? At the hickory, dickory, dock.
  • What do you call an elephant in a home booth? Stuck.
  • What time is it when an elephant sits on your bed? Time to get a new bed.
  • What did one cow say to the other? Mooooove over.

Include riddles and brainteasers

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Funny riddles can be of a huge help every time you struggle with producing a joke. That’s why we have chosen some of our favorite ones for you.

  • What comes down but never goes up? Rain.
  • What travels around the word, but stays in one spot? A stamp.
  • What can you catch but not throw? A cold.
  • What kind of tree can you carry in your hand? A palm.
  • What goes out at night and gets lost in a day without being stolen? Stars.
  • What is always coming but never arrives? Tomorrow.

Download our fun brainteaser to find differences in similar pictures and help your child reach mental sharpness. Find ways to see the fun side of life. Laughter strengthens the immune system and improves quality of life. If you have a grumpy face in your family, challenge him or her to try to make you laugh—it’ll probably make them laugh more!