Humor and Health in Homeschooling

April 1 is approaching- which triggered my brain to think about the necessity of laughter in our homeschools. In my work as a counselor, I often give my clients the homework assignment to find something to laugh at. Here are 2 classic posts to help you out:

I need to ask you:

Where do you find chili beans? At the North Pole.

Why can’t penguins fly? They’re too short to be pilots.

What happens when frogs park illegally? They get toad.

Hopefully you feel better already…

What’s funny about all this is that laughter really IS good for you. Here are some things that happen to you when you laugh:

Your body releases endorphins. Endorphins are chemicals that reduce pain and increase happy feelings.

Your body reduces stress hormones (you feel less stressed-out).

Your body boosts immune function.

Your muscles relax.

Oxygen levels in your body increase (good for stress relief).

The combination of all those things has the effect, at least temporarily, of feeling better- emotionally and physically.

Hey, even thinking about watching a funny movie before you watch it, starts the benefits (research by Berk at Loma Linda University 2006 noted this).

Not only that- at the workplace, folks who are having fun tend to be more creative, productive, get along better with others, have less absenteeism than those who are serious all the time, according to a study done by Abrams at California State University- Long Beach.

Not enough laughter= cranky expressions

Let’s apply this to your homeschool-

1- More laughter may equal more creativity on writing assignments.

2- More laughter may help your student be more productive in lessons.

3- I’ll bet you anything that more laughter will help siblings get along better.

4- More laughter might help feel better physically (boosted immune system- the Bible DOES say a merry heart doeth good like a medicine).

So, how about a good pun or a silly movie? And what I really want to know is:

How can you tell if an elephant’s been in the refrigerator?

And now, a story from Sabrina:

There was once a terrible crisis in London.

The Thames river had a new inhabitant….a horrible sea monster had slunk into the famed London waterway.  Citizens who walked too close to the edge of the river were quietly devoured.  The city was in an uproar!  Who would save them from the horrible creature?

A young man came forward to answer the call.  He was a poor man from an inconsequential village, but he had a heart of courage and a love for his countrymen.

He came to the banks of the Thames and called in a loud voice:

“Monster!  Show yourself if you dare!”

In a flash of scales and slime, the creature broke the surface of the water, his horrible jaws open to devour this arrogant young warrior.

Fortuitously, the hero was quicker, and his sword neatly sliced off the monster’s head.  The people poured into the streets of London to celebrate!  The crisis was over.

But the story wasn’t quite…

The citizens joyously pulled the carcass out of the Thames river, carved it into sections, and took it to butcher shops all over the city, where it was seasoned and mixed and pressed into the yummiest lunchmeat you’ve ever tasted.


Yes, it was the beast of Thames….it was the wurst of Thames.


If you don’t “get” this dreadful joke, you REALLY need to download the Tale of Two Cities study guide ASAP!

OR get more with: British Literature – so much better than that joke was!

British Literature – A One-Credit College Prep Course by Dr. Gerald R. Culley, Sabrina Justison and Vicki Tillman.  Your answer for your high-school student!

What is YOUR favorite joke??

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  1. Maureen says

    I am sitting here with my youngest daughter who is sharing “anti-jokes” from a website.
    What does a farmer say when he can’t find his tractor?
    “Where’s my tractor?!? Where’s my tractor?!?

    I know. I thought it was funny, too.

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