7. New Reasons to Laugh
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Children laugh easily and far more than adults and their joy is contagious. When we look for the funny side of life, we find adventure in our spirit that brings more laughter.
We realize that our children will get over a first crush, little failures, and struggles because we did. We can sympathize and cheer them up with our own stories that make them laugh. That helps us take our own problems less seriously and trust our new difficulties will work out so we can keep smiling.
Looking through our children’s eyes we can relive some of our past experiences and reframe some of the past to find the good outcomes and ways those experiences shaped up and laugh at our past. That helps us look to the future with hope.
Watching humorous movies, going to the zoo to observe the animal antics, and even enjoying leaves blowing around can help us share laughter.
Science has delved into the proverb that laughter is good medicine and found it to be true as it reduces stress hormones, expands the lungs for oxygen flow, exercises muscles, and releases endorphins that make us feel happy. Silliness and being playful also help children feel safer.
It’s an adventure as we discover what tickles each person’s funny bone.
8. New Purpose in Life
Parents find new purpose in raising children. We know at birth how much they need us and how they quickly trust the ones who care for them. The lasting relationship, influencing a life, and watching a child grow and bloom add more reasons to live. We have someone else we want to love and cherish.
Children stretch us as we learn to do more and need to teach them to follow rules, ride bicycles, swim, play games, and talk. They make us more accountable for our time and actions as they need our watchful eyes and listening ears to protect them and nurture their growth.
We reach new heights as we discover we can do it.
We can be more than we were before children. We learn the value of forgiveness and mercy, the joy of loving unconditionally and that transforms our thinking and interacting with other people too.
We become better, kinder, and more understanding of the needs of people around us.
They remind us that we have purpose together to make the world a better place, promote peace, and rejoice in each individual’s uniqueness.
Celebrate and enjoy the many ways parenting is an adventure of a lifetime.
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