Laughter not only provides a full-scale workout for your muscles, it unleashes a rush of stress-busting endorphins (the body's natural feel-good chemicals). What's more, your body can't distinguish between real and fake laughter - any giggle will do.

Laughter strengthens your immune system, boosts mood, diminishes pain, and protects you from the damaging effects of stress. As children, we used to laugh hundreds of times a day, but as adults life tends to be more serious and laughter more infrequent. So don’t miss any opportunity to have a good laugh with your child!

By seeking out more opportunities for humor and laughter, you can improve your emotional health, strengthen your relationships, find greater happiness—and even add years to your life.

Humor lightens your burdens, inspires hopes, connects you to others, and keeps you grounded, focused, and alert. It also helps you to release anger and be more forgiving.