Go Ahead Eat & Laugh

Laughter Is Good For Your Family’s Health

Children laugh all day long. Although the research can’t be verified, some say that adults laugh fifteen times a day, compared to children who laugh 400 times a day.

Laughter is the best medicine. Positive emotions are beneficial to health. Medical experts found laughter helped children relax, which had a major impact on how they dealt with and accepted pain. They believe humor not only reduces pain, but stimulates the immune function in children with cancer, AIDS, or diabetes. Laughter releases endorphins, a chemical ten times more powerful than the pain-relieving drug morphine, into the body.

Laughter increases antibodies which boost the immune system. It reduces serum cortical (the hormone released during stress). Rests the brain, while stimulating the heart and pulse rates.

Best of all laughter improves your face value. Nicole is having a good laugh!

Laughter gives our diaphragm and abdominal, respiratory, facial, leg, and back muscles a workout. It reduces blood pressure and heart rate and increases oxygen intake.

What you might be surprised to hear is that laughter improves learning! An old proverb states, “For a man learns more quickly and remembers more easily that which he laughs at, than that which he approves and reveres.”

In fact, experts have found that riddles help children with their comprehension skills. Riddles focus on double meanings which stretch the imagination. And for kids the humor comes with “getting it” and sometimes, just remembering “it.” You’ll laugh with your child as you read the riddles in this chapter, but you most likely will be laughing at different things! Elizabeth Hardwick observed, “The laughter of adults is always very different from the laughter of children. The former indicated a recognition of the familiar, but in children it came from the shock of the new.”

Have a side-slapping-good-time one afternoon and see how many riddles you and your child can answer. This is part of a collection of food-related riddles that came together after hours of gleaning the Internet, laughing with my husband, and testing them on my friends and grandchildren. So go ahead and laugh with your kids, not only will laughter help you to bond, but laughter will improve your kid’s Nutritional IQ and your kid is certain to acquire a “Smart Mouth”!

1. How do you know when a fish is fresh?
When it bites you

2. What has to be broken before it is used?
An egg

3. How do you make a rich soup?
Add 14 carrots

4. When are cooks cruel?
When they whip cream and beat eggs

5. What do you eat when you throw away the outside, cook the inside, then eat the outside, and throw away the inside?
An ear of corn

6. What breakfast food starts out battered and ends up flattened?
A pancake

7. What hand do you use when you eat soup?
Neither – you should use a spoon!

8. Why is 6 afraid of 7?
Because 7 ate (8)  9

9. What did the strawberry say to the other strawberry?
“How did we get into this jam?”

10. What vegetable do you find on a crowded bus?
Squash

11. This vegetable stands on one leg with its heart in its head. What is it?
Cabbage

12. Why is Swiss cheese served in church?
Because it’s holey

13. What fruit always travels in groups of two?
Pears

14. How come anteaters never get sick?
Because of all the ant e bodies (antibodies) in their stomachs

15. You can never eat these two things for dinner!
Breakfast and lunch

16. Why do skeletons drink a lot of milk?
Because milk is good for the bones

17. Why did the boy throw butter out the window?
He wanted to see butter-fly

18. What can burn the eyes, sting the mouth, yet be eaten?
Salt

19. What egg goes to far away places?
An egg-splorer

20. What do frogs eat with their hamburgers?
French flies

2 thoughts on “Go Ahead Eat & Laugh

  1. Karyn Buxman says:

    Joanne: Kudos to you for this article. To get the real benefits of humor, we need to be proactive and create more opportunities for it to happen. Yeah!
    Yours in laughter!
    Karyn Buxman
    President, Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor

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