Posted by ML on 1/9/2019

The following appeared in Today’s Catholic Teacher in the April/May 2015 issue.  The article, by Dr. Louise Moore, extols the benefits of laughter.

A big component of living a joyous and healthy life is embracing laughter.  Research has shown that laughter can relax your body and relieve stress and physical tension. It can boost your immune system and can contribute to a more positive outlook on life.

As parents (and as a school) how can we teach children to be joyous and embrace laughter to help them lead happier lives?   

  • You and your children can embrace joy by sharing it with others. Smile at the people you pass in the hallway, and ask your children to do the same.  Having a smile and sharing it is a simple and effortless way to spread joy every day.  Teresa of Calcutta said, “Peace begins with a smile.”  How very true.
  • Read humorous and fun books with your children often. 
  • Plan a game night with your family.
  • Make time to be silly with your children often. Allow yourself to enter into their make-believe scenarios and enjoy laughing with them.
  • Look for humor in everyday situations. When you make a mistake or do something silly, laugh at yourself and admit to your mistake.  Your children will learn from this and will learn that it is okay to laugh at yourself.   

Teaching our children the importance of laughter and joy will encourage them to have a positive outlook on life and will help them to better cope with future struggles.  Living life as a joyous person will make life’s challenges a little easier for all of us.   

I wish you a very happy New Year; may God’s blessing continue to be our parish and you family in 2019.


Mike Lootens