The Importance of Being Funny

Laughter is the best medicine. If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard that expression, I’d be able to hire every stand-up comedian in America and have nightly performances in my living room. I’d never get sick or even grow old.

Laughter is also a great prescription. Studies show that laughter, almost universally linked to positive emotions, engages the mind, the body, and the heart. Things you learn or hear or say in relation to a good laugh are often easier to remember. In fact, researchers have found that not only do children enjoy humor, but they also get a feeling of peace and contentment from it that allows them to learn more effectively.

What is your experience with a little classroom guffaw? Have you found a hearty belly laugh to engage your students in subsequent learning? Or does laughter have a negative effect in your classroom? Share with us in the comments section.

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