Almost every person loves to laugh. Every once and a while you find someone who hates laughter, but they are fairly few and far between. Most people love laughter and feel that they need it in order to survive. Life is too difficult and challenging to pass through without laughter. Studies have shown that people who laugh tend to be mentally much healthier than those who don’t. Not only do they have a better time in life, but they also tend to get through the difficult times with a lighter spirit. Laughter truly is the best medicine. Given that laughter is such an important part of our lives, we know that our children also need a good sense of humor. But how can we possibly help to encourage our children’s sense of humor? Surely it is not the same as encouraging a plant to grow through watering and proper soil. People have different personalities and they can’t be changed, right? While it is true that personality is a fairly set thing (not to mention that you probably would not want to try to change your child’s personality) you can encourage certain parts of a personality. There are several methods that will help your child develop a better sense of humor. One of them is reading.
A sense of humor can develop through books.
While it might seem strange to say that reading is a good method, you better believe that it is. There are several reasons why reading can encourage a good sense of humor. The first is that books can be quite funny. Many people don’t like to read because they find it boring or they don’t have enough patience. However, if you can stick with a book you will find it incredibly entertaining. This depends on which books you are reading, but there are great comedy selections. So why is reading a good method for encouraging your child’s sense of humor?
If a child finds a book funny they have hours and hours of entertainment before them. Movies and cartoons are over in an hour or two, but a book lasts. It allows a child to enter their own little world at any time they would like. Also, books encourage people to think. They don’t just entertain in the way that a movie or a cartoon might. This will get your children thinking in comic ways. If a child finds some books that relate to their sense of humor you will see a whole new side of their personality coming out. Reading will help them to develop a comic personality that is creative. They might start to think of their own jokes and apply their minds creatively. Kids can even submit their own jokes to Jokes By Kids. Children who read or tell jokes often seem to have something special and unique about them.
Another reason why reading could help to encourage a good sense of humor is that it helps children to see that the best way to deal with difficulty is through humor. It is often the characters in books who have a sense of humor that can get through the difficulties. Books can provide good role models in this way.
If you are thinking about ways to encourage your children’s sense of humor consider introducing them to a particular funny book. The other benefit of this method is that you will develop something in common with your child. The more funny things you do with your children the stronger their sense of humor will be. Kids watch their parents and follow what they do. If they see you reading a funny book they will be likely to follow your example.