Keeping your sense of humour is such a great way to survive life’s hardships. Also using laughter as a teaching tool often defuses anxiety, fear and barriers that children/adults sometimes feel and have to overcome to achieve their potential.
Laughter is a great way to just make you feel good.
Words such a chuckle, smirk, smile, grin, snicker, giggle, chortle, laugh, cackle, guffaw, howl, shriek, roar, convulse and die laughing are all ways to describe laughing. Everyone of us has our own version of what makes us laugh…in short we have our own sense of humour and react to situations differently. Laughter is spontaneous so one person might see the funny side of a situation and another is not amused at all. This ‘human reaction thing” can some times be a challenge for an educator. Being able to read the audience is very helpful when passing on information. There are people called comedians who make their living out of making people laugh. There is nothing like having a good laugh.
So how much should you use humour while giving a lesson?
I think it depends on the situation, the topic and the students. If you are dealing with fire safety for example and the lessons to be learnt are concerning life and death situations then using humour may be not appropriate. However when considering the fire safety example, you might want to use humour subtly, as an ice breaker. Making some flippant comment about a piece of equipment used incorrectly or something not life threatening. In doing so the tension people feel when they first come into a room and don’t know what to expect is released and the use of humour then focuses the group immediately on to the serious nature of the topic.
On the other hand, one might find ones self presenting a topic that is not life treating but the lesson requires people to join in with you and not feel uncomfortable doing so. Making a joke perhaps against your self can support people to feel they can join in. Or breaking down the skills needed into achievable chunks, presented with gentle humour can be a very productive way to pass on information.
What can make us laugh
- to laugh at ourselves
- to see the funny side of a situation
- tell a funny story or movie
- clever use of language alliteration, rhyming..
- someone else laughing can be infectious
- something ridiculous that crops up
How Laughter helps us
- relaxes and releases emotions
- expands the lungs
- stretches muscles
- releases endorphines
- the stress hormone cortisol is reduced
- a simple smile shared can improve well being
- boosts the immune system
Using humour while passing on information is a useful tool to aid learning. Laughing is a part of what we do as humans and without it we would have a barren existence.
Laughter for life
“The ability to laugh, play, and have fun with others not only makes life more enjoyable but also helps you solve problems, connect with others, and be more creative. People who incorporate humor and play into their daily lives find that it renews them and all of their relationships.
Life brings challenges that can either get the best of you or become playthings for your imagination. When you “become the problem” and take yourself too seriously, it can be hard to think outside the box and find new solutions. But when you play with the problem, you can often transform it into an opportunity for creative learning.
Playing with problems seems to come naturally to children. When they are confused or afraid, they make their problems into a game, giving them a sense of control and an opportunity to experiment with new solutions. Interacting with others in playful ways helps you retain this creative ability.” This is a direct quote from this web site www.helpguide.org/articles/emotional…/laughter-is-the-best-medicine.ht..
Laugh every day and enjoy your family.