Funny Business: Exploring the Benefits of Family Laughter in National Humor Month
April is National Humor Month, a time when American families celebrate the importance of laughter and humor in our lives. It’s a great opportunity for kids to learn about the many different types of humor, from silly jokes to witty puns—and to explore their own sense of humor.
What is National Humor Month?
National Humor Month was founded in 1976 by author and humorist Larry Wilde, who believed that laughter is an essential part of a healthy and happy life. Wilde wanted to encourage people to take humor seriously, and to recognize the important role it plays in our mental and emotional well-being.
Ways To Celebrate National Humor Month With Your Kids
For kids, National Humor Month is a chance to let loose and have some fun. There are many different ways to celebrate this month, from telling jokes with friends and family to watching funny movies and TV shows.
This week, try some of the following:
- Share funny puns—and create your own. Share funny jokes with your child and explain that puns are often funny because there are multiple meanings for words. One example of a joke like this is: “Why did the tomato turn red? Because it saw the salad dressing!” Kids can also try writing their own funny stories or skits, and performing them for friends and family. The exercise could begin with a funny situation or object, followed by a clever play on words or unexpected punchline.
- Read humorous books or comics. Another great way to celebrate National Humor Month is by reading funny books. There are comedic children’s books that are sure to make kids laugh, from classic authors like Dr. Seuss to new titles like Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Kids can pen their own stories, using humor to create memorable characters and situations. Check out these funny writing prompts to get started.
- Attend a performance. You can also explore different types of humor by analyzing different styles of comedy, from physical humor to satire and parody. Nearby family-friendly comedy clubs include: The Paramount in Huntington, Governors Comedy Club in Levittown and Bohemia, McGuire’s Comedy Club in Bohemia, and The Brokerage Comedy Club in Bellmore. All shows may not be family-friendly, so be sure to read the listings carefully. You might also encourage your rising star to write a comedy routine to perform for the family after dinner.
Live, Laugh, Love
National Humor Month is a great time for kids to learn about the benefits of laughter and humor. Laughter has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety, boost the immune system, and improve overall well-being. By learning to appreciate and enjoy humor, kids can develop a healthy coping mechanism for dealing with stress and difficult emotions. Knowledge about the power of laughter and humor is a life-long gift you can give your child.
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