Everyone loves a good joke! So, it’s no surprise we have a full day devoted to telling them. According to the National Day Calendar™, August 16 is National Tell a Joke Day.
Participating in National Tell a Joke Day is easy cheesy. Just do at least one of the following: tell a joke, listen to a joke, laugh, celebrate, have fun and enjoy! You can also take it a step further and post jokes on Twitter by using the hashtag #NationalTellAJokeDay.
Then, after August 16, go ahead and keep “joking around.” Studies have shown that laughter is important to our mental health. According to a report in Psychology Today, “Humor and laughter are related to health and can release physical and emotional tension, improve immune functioning, stimulate circulation, elevate mood, enhance cognitive functioning and, not surprisingly, increase friendliness.”
HealthGuide.org has this to say about the benefits of humor: “Laughter is a powerful antidote to stress, pain and conflict. Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. Humor lightens your burdens, inspires hopes, connects you to others and keeps you grounded, focused and alert. It also helps you to release anger and be more forgiving.”
Of course, children love jokes! Try this one from jokes4us.com out on your kids:
Q: What is the tallest building in the world?
A: The library, because it has the most stories (ha ha ha!)
Here’s another for dinosaur lovers from funkidsjokes.com:
Q: What do you call a dinosaur that eats fireworks?
A: A Dino-mite!
DBRL offers a wide assortment of children’s joke books. Check out the rib ticklers listed below.
- “Just Joking LOL! 300 Hilarious Jokes About Everything, Including Wacky Tongue Twisters, Silly Puns, Funny Photos, and Much More!” by National Geographic Kids
- “Just Joking Cats” by Kelley Miller
- “The Everything Kids’ Giant Book of Jokes, Riddles, and Brain Teasers” by Michael Dahl
- “Katie Woo’s Crazy Critter Jokes” (includes tips on telling jokes!) by Fran Manushkin
- “Laugh-out-loud Awesome Jokes for Kids” by Rob Elliott
- “Funny Bone Jokes and Riddles“ by Karen Barss