8 Unexpected Ways Laughter is the Cure to a Bad Day

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A rut.  A slump.  A funk.  Some days go from bad to worse and it feels like there’s no way to climb out of it.  I’ve noticed if I can get one or more of my kids to laugh, we can break the ice and get back in our groove.  I am more of a serious person and “easy breezy fun parent” doesn’t come naturally.  Here are a few ways I’m trying to be a little less Elsa and a little more Anna.

8 Ways to Get Your Kids (and yourself) To Laugh off a Bad Mood

1. Magic Tricks

2. Food Faces

veggie tray

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3. The Kid Sandwich

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4. Wacky Rewards:

5. Rhyme Time:

6. Creative Contests:

7. The Wooden Spoon:

less violent-looking utensil

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8. Sideways Stories:

Sideways Stories from Wayside School

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Why laughter works:  It’s been scientifically proven that “laughter is the best medicine”.  Laughter lowers blood pressure, reduces stress hormone levels, improves heart health, boosts the immune system, and promotes a general sense of well-being, not to mention being an awesome ab workout.  It is worth going a little out of my comfort zone to boost endorphins and get my kids giggling.

 

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