Laughter is the “jest medicine”. Groan if you must, but readers who chuckled gave their health a boost. Belly laughs cause the body to release endorphins, which act like opiates by inducing emotional calm and enhancing an overall sense of well-being. Make time to have coffee with a funny, silly friend, or find a room in your day for play, whether it’s sports or board games. Laughter is a pure pleasure and something that brings happiness to ourselves and also people around you.

“I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it’s the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It’s probably the most important thing in a person.”
Audrey Hepburn

“Laughter is more than just a pleasurable activity…When people laugh together, they tend to talk and touch more and to make eye contact more frequently.”
Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun

If you are like myself and find it hard to remember great jokes off the top of your head, here are five classic ‘dad jokes’ that you can tell  to brighten up someones day with a laugh. Like a lot of things in life, it is important to laugh yourself, but it is also a great pleasure and joy to  provide others with the gift of laughter. The worst thing that can happen is that you might laugh at yourself for actually telling such a silly joke.


Jokes  can be a fun way to start each day or week with your class. You can also designate a day as a ‘joke day’. Each joke day you can use one of these student-friendly jokes and also open the class to see what jokes they might have.

What do you call a man who is floating in the ocean without any arms or legs?  Bob


Two parrots are on a PERCH; one says, “Can you smell something fishy?”



“Who’s there”


Lettuce who

Lettuce in, it’s freezing out here!


How do you make an egg laugh? Tell it a yolk.



Cows go

Cows go who

No, silly cows go moo!