Make Time for Family Laughter


So often, parents are rushing around working, cleaning, cooking, running errands, paying bills, and other “chores” that they forget to make time to laugh with their family. Do you find this is true within your own family? If so, you are missing out on a great daily bonding opportunity. Laughing is an incredible way to deepen relationships, to create a sense of well-being and belonging, as well as to heal emotional hurts. Plus, as a bonus, laughing improves the physical health of your body.

How to Make Time for More Laughter

I have worked with many families that need to recreate a deeper bond with one another, many of them being step families or single parent families. Encouraging them to make time to laugh together is always one of the most important keys to strengthening their bond and overcoming tensions.

If you feel the need to make more time for laughter in your family, here are 5 tips to get you started:

  • Write it in your to do list. Make a commitment to bonding through laughter.
  • Slow down. Sometimes we are rushing around too much only focusing on our “chores.” Slow down and enjoy some space between each of these chores. When you do look into your children’s eyes and smile, have a 5 minute tickle match, or make silly faces together.
  • Take a deep breath and relax. It is hard to find time for laughter if you are tense. It will be difficult to enjoy yourself enough to laugh. So, take a deep breath and teach yourself to relax. When you are relaxed, you are more open to happiness.
  • Release your worry and have faith in your ability to accomplish all you want and need to. When parents are worried and preoccupied about work deadlines, bills, illness, or other adult concerns, they can’t enjoy the many reasons to laugh that surround them every single day.
  • Remind yourself to laugh. Put post its around your house. Set phone reminders to remind you to laugh. Hang a “humor board” in your kitchen so everyone can share silly comics or jokes with each other.
Sometimes when parents have been busy so long, they forget how to be funny or silly again. So, here are some suggestions that I personally enjoy to do with my daughters:
  • Dance. We dance regularly in my home. Sometimes I get all crazy and silly making up ridiculous moves. Sometimes, they smirk at me, are are like “mom, you are weird”. But, it never fails that within a few minutes, they are joining me with much laughter.
  • Watch silly babies and animals on YouTube. YouTube is one of my favorite resources to finding something humorous at any moment. We will sit for about 15-30 minutes sometimes and just look at silly videos laughing together.
  • Water balloon fights! Ok, maybe not everyone is willing to do this one. But they are soooo much fun! When my daughters are outside playing, I might fill up some water balloons and sneak up on them with one and there it starts. We are drenched and soaked in minutes!
  • Unexpected tickles, tickles, tickles. When helping my little one with her shoes or tucking in my older daughter, I will tickle them unexpectedly. So nice to see their eyes light up with their laughs.
  • Practical jokes! I am a girl that LOVES practical jokes. I do them all the time. Probably too much as my daughters and friends often have to ask if I am joking or not. :) But, they always make people laugh!
Laughing is so much fun and really does so much to improve the quality or your life and your family. It can heal hurts, strengthen bonds and create amazing memories that you can look back on together and smile.
To jump start your laughter, her are two blog posts that will be sure to spark yours.
My invitation to you, if you need more laughter and bonding in your own family: I offer Family Makeover Programs that have transformed many families to be closer, more open, and to enjoy one another. I offer a full day-6 Hour Immersion Day of fun and bonding for a dramatic shift, as well as 6 Week or 3 Month Makeovers. So, my invitation to you is to call me with for a 30 minute free conversation to see if there is anything I can do to help you and your family enjoy each other more. :)
Much love,
Joanne Cipressi, CHt, CNLP
Empowerment Personal Coach and Speaker


  1. Denise

    This is awesome! Life is to short, laugh more and eat dessert first!

  2. Loved the post Joanne!

    Spending family time is one thing that is most often neglected and forgotten. In our daily rut of life, kids, spouses, and other relations do take a back seat and it always has an adverse effect on relationships. I do wish people would realize this and spend more time with their families.

    I think they simply forget to create the lighter, nicer moments in life by sharing and doing things or chores together. Any time spent together can be made an enjoyable family time to spend with each other. I guess, once you are willing to make the changes- anything is possible.

    Thanks for sharing :)
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  3. What an awesome post, Joanne! Even though my “family” consist of only me and my partner, we definitely make time for laughter in our household. We watch a lot of comedies together, laugh about our day with one another, and even play the “Tickle me games”(I’m not a huge fan, because he’s not as ticklish as I am.) I like these tips however. Great tips and games though to bring laughter into the family circle. Thanks for sharing! :)
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  4. I am sorry that I just saw this here Deeone! I am glad that you make much time for laughter with your partner. You truly do seem to have a great relationship and I am sure laughing is a part of why. :) Hope you have a great 2012 with much love and success.
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