8. Laughter helps kids tolerate pain
Cartoons can help children cope with painful procedures, such as needles or visits to the dentist. Margaret Stuber, MD, from the University of California’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center found humor helped kids tolerate pain longer. In her study, the young patients who watched funny movies still felt the pain of a standardized pain test (in this case, dipping their hands into icy cold water), but they could endure it better because they were distracted.