1001 Tips for Military Families – #414

Laughter – Tip #414

If daily life is a recipe then laughter and fun are the primary ingredients.  In our family, we make a point of finding things to laugh about each day – we teach our children to laugh at themselves (by laughing at the silly and foolish things we also do at times), find fun in the hardest situations and make others happy if only for a few minutes each day.

During any stage of deployment or an extended absence it is easy to think about all of the things that are making your life difficult and miserable.  Don’t do it.  Teach your children how to be resilient by finding happiness and laughter in each day.  This strengthens them and you.

Resources:

Facebook – “Humor During Deployment” page

* Each day people post amusing pictures or funny moments and it is nice to go to a site where you know what everyone is looking for – a laugh

www.youtube.com

* Make sure you monitor this carefully!  They have a ton of funny clips, just search under key words like “funny”, “silly people”, etc. but you can also see things you wish you never had or that would be inappropriate for younger children.  On the otherhand it is user friendly and easy to post and email other people’s posts out.

www.ahajokes.com

* They have 1000′s of jokes.  You could cut and copy one each day and send them out to your family members or put some on post it notes and leave them at the breakfast table or under plates at dinner.  You could spend 2mins as a family and choose one to send each day to your loved one away.

www.101funjokes.com

* The site isn’t too busy with advertisements and all of their jokes are categorized so that you could choose the joke to suit the day, week, month, occassion, subject, etc.

www.comedynetwork.com

* You can get daily clips from TV shows or comedians – definitely more adult content though

www.amazon.com

* “14, 000 Quips and Quotes” – A fantastic resource to make you smile, laugh and think

* “Jokelopedia” – There are a ton of silly and funny jokes that are good for any occassion you can think of

* “Kids’ Silliest Jokes” – All appropriate and totally silly.  I use this book when making school announcements to get the students laughing first thing in the morning.  Sometimes I could hear the groans all the way in the office!

www.sayplease.com

* They have cards to make you smile.  The kids cards have one side of “Did you know’s” and the other side is designed to brighten their day

* There are also cards for colleagues, girlfriends, people you want to appreciate and these cards have funny and inspirational quotes on them too.

* They are looking at designing ones for military families.  I will keep you posted!

For more information about our tips, books and resources go to: http://www.WhileYouWereAway.org

To submit a tip of your own, write to: Megan@WhileYouWereAway.org

Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine.
Lord Byron

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