Laughter is the Best Medicine

Laughter is the Best Medicine

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Laughter is the Best MedicineThey say laughter is the best medicine, and though it may seem like just an old saying, research shows that laughing benefits you mentally, socially and physically. Laughing helps:

  • Relieve stress
  • Promote group bonding
  • Boost immunity
  • Ease anxiety
  • Strengthen relationships
  • Prevent heart disease
  • Decrease pain and relax muscles

Overall, laughing makes you feel good. Here are some hilarious stories, guaranteed to make you chuckle, provided by Educational Playcare’s very own families and staff!

“My daughter recently learned empathy and taking care of babies in Parrots. Now everything in sight gets laid on the floor and patted for comfort. Today she laid her blanket on the ground, gave it a gentle pat, and then pretended to feed it with a toy baby bottle.” – Charity, Wallingford center

“I remember many, many years ago we took our classroom on a scavenger hunt on a trail in the woods.  One of the children started to scream and cry the second that we got onto the trail. He was so terrified that I had to turn around with the class and go back.  On the walk back, I carried the child and tried to find out what had upset him so much.  He just kept saying “The monsters are in the woods! The monsters are in the woods!”. Of course, I tried to reassure him, but there was nothing that I could say to convince him that there were no monsters in the woods. Because he was so upset, I had to call the parent to let them know what had happened.  I got the father on the phone and explained what happened while we were on our scavenger hunt and he started laughing – and I mean hysterically laughing. I was so confused.  Then he explained that last night his child was in bed and said that there were monsters under his bed. At this point I just couldn’t understand why he was laughing until he told me that the only way he could get him to sleep was to tell him that he chased all the monsters away…into the woods.” – Kristie, Windsor center

“An EPC grad taking her 1st grade homework directions of “show your thinking” a little bit too literally.” – Meghan, Wallingford center

Laughter is the Best Medicine

“When my nephew was 4, Star Wars was pretty popular. One afternoon we convinced him that his brother had force powers. I hid around the corner and every time he waved his hand I would flicker the lights. My sister jumped in and started changing channels on the TV as well. My nephew was amazed! Fast forward to T-ball that afternoon: one of the children managed to hit the ball all the way to the outfield and it rolled about three feet in front of my nephew. He froze for a moment and then got the most serious look of concentration on his face. With great effort he swung up his arm and reached out toward the ball…without moving his feet. I guess he figured that if his father was strong with the force so was he!” – Michelle, Windsor center

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