A few nights ago, my 9-year-old daughter Ava discovered what she calls her "mad scientist" laugh. I personally think it sounds a bit more like a witch's cackle, but she and her three sisters all tell me otherwise. Do you want to know what happens every time Ava uses this newfound "sound"?
We all end up laughing too. Not at her (okay, maybe just a little bit), but with her (mostly). And, as I've witnessed so often in the past, I watch as these deep belly giggles are good not only for us as individuals, but for our family as a whole. Yep, the happy hearts that come from laughing together really are, as Proverbs 17:22 says, "good medicine."
If your family isn't having a good belly laugh as often as you'd like, here are three reasons to lighten up and make a regular habit of laughing together.
1. Laughter Unites
Laughter – the kind that's healthy and not at someone else's expense – unites people. In my book, Team Us, I quote M.M. Belfie as saying:
Something special happens when people laugh together over something genuinely funny and not hurtful to anyone. It's like a magic rain that showers down feelings of safety and belonging to a group.
While I'm not sure I'd personally go as far as using the phrase "magic rain," I've noticed that when my girls giggle together or Ted and I have a good laugh, it draws us toward one another. It helps us to let our guards down and, in the process, eases any tension we might be feeling that day.
[Read the rest of the article at For the Family.]