A video of a 4-month-old baby laughing with delight in his grandma’s arms is reminding viewers to cherish those sweet moments together.
The laughter of a sweet baby has a way of putting laughter in our hearts, too.
Four-month-old Liam, who lives in Ontario, Canada, was enjoying a visit with his grandma, Shona Thomson.
As Thomson held her grandson, she playfully tapped against a sliding glass window, which for whatever reason caused Liam to burst into delightful, robust laughter.
It wasn’t long before Thomson herself was laughing along with Liam’s mother, Kolby Thomson-Latimer, who was filming the sweet interaction.
Viewers are loving Liam’s contagious laughter, which is not only good for the soul, but it is also incredibly important for a baby’s healthy brain development.
The more scientists learn about the brain, the more they understand that a baby needs to be nurtured and cherished — particularly in his first two years of life — in order for his brain to grow properly.
In contrast, a baby who is not cherished, but is instead neglected or abused, will more than likely have a brain that is physically small and underdeveloped, making it nearly impossible for the genes of certain brain functions to ever develop.
The brain develops at a fast and furious pace during a baby’s first two years of life, according to an article published by Learning Mind.
“The brain on the left belongs to a child whose mother was fully responsive towards her baby and cherished the baby as it grew up,” Learning Mind reported. “The brain on the right demonstrates the effects of child neglect on the brain development.
“This astonishing size difference is clear evidence that a child who is nurtured and loved by its parents will develop a larger and more fully developed brain. The child who was neglected by its parents has a more shrunken brain that is shriveled in places and contains more dark and fuzzy areas.”
Baby Liam’s sweet laughter day after day in the arms of his loving caregivers will help his brain develop everything he needs to one day function as a healthy, confident and capable adult.
No matter what season of life we find ourselves in, laughter plays a role in keeping us healthy, happy and whole.
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