Laughter is a universal language. We need to laugh more! Laughter (laf-ter or lahf-ter) and humour help reduce stress. Being a teenager can be difficult, but with laughter, you can cope better and survive this amazing time. By Karen Lee Bracher
Some studies around the world have shown that laughing:
lowers blood pressure
reduces stress hormones
increases muscle flexion
boosts immune function
Laughter raises levels of infection-fighting cells, disease-fighting proteins and disease-destroying endorphins (body's natural painkillers) and produces a general sense of well-being.
List five things that made you laugh
Laughter is contagious!
Match the synonyms for a laugh
1. Chuckle (chuhk-uhl)
2. Giggle (gig-uhl)
3. Cackle (kak-uhl)
4. chortle (chawr-tl)
a. To laugh with repeated short, spasmodic sounds
b. To laugh softly or amusedly, usually with satisfaction
c. To chuckle gleefully
d. To utter a shrill cry, sometimes sounding like a hen
Find photographs in this week's South China Morning Post that make you smile or laugh.
A common idiom
'Laughter is the best medicine'
means that it is good for your physical and mental health to laugh.
We even laugh when we send text messages on our mobile phones or have online chats. LOL is short for 'Laugh out loud'.
Jokes can make you laugh
A girl comes home from her first day at school. Mother asks: 'What did you learn today?' The girl
replies: 'Not enough. I have to go back tomorrow.'
Teacher: 'I said to draw a cow
eating some grass but you've only drawn the cow!' Student: 'Yes, the cow ate all the grass!'
A little girl had just finished her first week of school. 'I'm wasting my time,' she said to her mother. 'I can't read, I can't write - and they won't let me talk!'
Write down two jokes that make you laugh and share with a friend to test how he/she reacts.