3 Big Time Reasons Laughter Benefits You and Your Daughter
One of the quickest ways to connect with your daughter is through laughter.
But let’s be honest. Does your daughter’s silliness and playfulness drive you nuts sometimes?
You want her to be serious about…
- Her grades
- Helping around the house
- Sports, dance, piano or other activities
- Her future and college
- Her choices
It’s easy to get annoyed with your daughter when you hear her laughing with her friends and you know she’s not taking her life seriously.
But what if you knew that your daughter was being productive when she was laughing and being playful.
I believe your daughter knows intuitively that laughter is really the best medicine.
On the other hand mothers get stressed out and too serious. Because our schedules get overwhelming, laughter gets eliminated. Laughter gets bumped off our list because there are too many important things to do.
But laughter and playfulness are a high priority for your daughter. And she is right.
Your daughter can help you remember the benefits of a good laugh.
You may be the one that needs to lighten up and not be so serious. Here is my question for you.
How does ‘serious’ work for you and your daughter? Probably not well.
It’s not that you want to eliminate ‘serious’, it just needs to be in balance with the playful side.
I am going to give you 3 big time reasons why laughter benefits you and your daughter.
3 Big Time Reasons Why Laughter Benefits You and Your Daughter
1. There are physical benefits to laughter.
- Relieves physical tension and stress which relaxes the body.
Your daughter is more relaxed and is less prone to lose it. You are more relaxed and less prone to lose it. This decreases a significant amount of drama in your home.
- Triggers the release of endorphins which are the feel-good body chemicals. Endorphins give you an overall feeling of well being.
This is worth gold. Your daughter is in a good mood and you are in a good mood.
- Boosts the immune system. It decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells which helps you fight disease.
Both you and your daughter stay physically healthy.
2. There are emotional benefits to laughter.
- Improves your mood by releasing stress and decreasing anxiety and fear.
Laughter relieves the stress of school and friends for your daughter. And for you it relieves the stress of work, and home. It also helps you detach from your fears and worries about your daughter.
- Brings joy and gives you ‘I feel good’ energy.
You replace stress with joy, and pressure with ‘I feel good’ energy. Both you and your daughter have energy to get things done.
- Gives you hope and resiliency.
Even if your daughter has a bad day, laughter helps her know life can still be enjoyable. Your daughter learns how to be resilient. It teaches her that she can get through difficult times through her sense of humor. And the same for you. It helps you not take your daughters ups and downs so seriously.
3. There are relational benefits to laughter.
- Helps defuse drama and conflict.
There are times talking about drama only escalates the drama but laughter helps you let the drama go. It makes the mountain of drama into a molehill. This helps decrease conflict for you and your daughter.
- Strengthens relationships and binds people together.
Laughter strengthens your relationship with your daughter because you create a positive experience together. You enjoy each other. This is a good antidote to stress which creates a negative experience for you and your daughter. This causes distance and friction.
- Good sense of humor is infectious.
Let your daughters sense of humor and playfulness be infectious. It can help you remember that life is meant to be fun and joyful. The opposite is true. You bring your joy into your daughter’s life. Your laugher can help her detach from her bad day.
- Creates good memories.
When my family gets together we share the hilarious stories from out past that still make us laugh. Each time we tell the stories we laugh and we feel closer because of it. These memories you will enjoy for a lifetime.
I think the greatest benefit to sharing laughter is you will like each other. You will enjoy spending time together and interacting. Your daughter will want to hang out at home and invite her friends over
This summer make laughter a daily practice with your daughter.