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The transformative effect of a sense of humor in educating children


The sense of humor is a good way to face life in general; everyday life is complex and difficult at times. Humor as a vital coping style, in addition to being a sign of fine intelligence, is a guarantee of success: understanding this as happiness or satisfaction with one's own existence. In fact, a sense of humor has a transformative effect on raising children. And then we talk about why we should educate them from humor.

'Humor is the highest manifestation of the individual's adaptation mechanisms.' Sigmund Freud.

When we speak of living with a sense of humor, we are not referring to making a witty joke at a given moment, but rather (or also) to impressing this sense in daily life as a vital attitude. People who do so have a more open and flexible cognitive style and are able to activate so-called divergent thinking, associated with creativity and ingenuity, to see multiple possibilities in flat reality.

The reality interpreted with a sense of humor looks less dramatic and less dense and therefore is better faced, since helps to relativize, to broaden the perspective, to de-dramatize and therefore to have an experience of what we have to face lighter and more bearable.

Actually being able to apply a sense of humor to life implies a deep confidence in life and in oneself, so that the people who do have a healthy self-esteem. In no way does living with a sense of humor mean being negligent, far from it; Let's understand it well, since it does not mean laughing at the people around us ... Good sense of humor is something much more profound, which connects directly with the intelligence and self-esteem of those who profess it.

The sense of humor and its most obvious manifestations, such as laughter and smile, have proven positive effects on health. Multiple scientific studies show its benefits:

1. Activates the secretion of endorphins and, consequently, Improves mood general.

2. It makes us more sociable, predisposes us for social interaction and makes us more attractive to others.

3. Reduces stress and increases the state of relaxation.

4. Has benefits to heart level.

5. Improves the immune function of the body.

6. In the study 'Laughter and learning: the role of humor in teaching work', by Eduardo Jáuregui and Jesús Damián Fernández (for the Interuniversity Journal of Teacher Training), it is argued that laughter and a sense of humor in the classroom are essential. And it is that not only do they help students to feel less anxiety about tests and exams, but it also motivates participation in the classroom, encourages the little ones to study and stimulates memory and attention.

All this applied to the education of our children is evident that it also has multiple benefits.

- Helps us cope with conflict
During the upbringing and education of children there are many occasions of conflict, discouragement, confusion and even sometimes collapse. Living it with a sense of humor will help us to have a much more bearable experience of those moments and will help us to handle them with less wear and tear and greater success.

- We set an example for our children
Also, when we apply a sense of humor with our children, we are showing them a coping style that they will mimic, they will acquire without realizing that way of relating to reality.

- Encourages us to spend quality time with children
In addition to this, parents must favor, promote and facilitate spaces and times where humor is the protagonist. For this, physical contact, the look, the caress, the smile, the laugh, the game are very important ...

- We all feel better
Investing is this is a vital issue. When we share these spaces with children, our bodies are vibrating at the same frequency, there are endorphins in the emotional atmosphere of the home and this is very important for children to grow up with self-esteem and feeling that their environment is safe. It is also an essential 'cushion' that cushions the hardest moments of conflict and confrontation that are part of the journey.

Given the benefits of a sense of humor in the education of children, how can we incorporate it into our daily family life. Here are some ideas:

- 'Cachorrea' with your children as much as you can. Have you ever noticed how animals play with their young? That is precisely the way to do it.

- Smile at them and look them in the eye.

- As they get older and understand it, use fine irony.

- Make up funny stories together.

- Tell them how your day has gone in a crazy way, using exaggerations, absurd elements ...

- Practice sports outdoors.

- Jump on the bed.

- I play, a lot of play.

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Video: Youve got to be joking - humour and education: Trevor Strong at TEDxQueensU (September 2020).