Have you had a good laugh lately? It will improve your health and relieve mental stress. 3000 years ago King Solomon wrote, “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” (Proverbs 17:22) Modern medicine has finally discovered why. Researchers at the University of Maryland say that smiling increases blood flow while tension decreases it. So a hearty laugh literally does a body good.
I recently read it put a different way: “Laughter does more than help us escape our problems. It sometimes gives us the courage to face them. As humorous author Barbara Johnson has said, “Laughter is like changing a baby’s diaper. It doesn’t permanently solve any problems, but it makes things more acceptable for awhile.”” (God’s Little Devotional Book, Honor Books, Inc. 1995)
So have a good laugh, not only will it lift your spirit, it will improve your health.
What is something that has made you laugh?
I’m playing catch-up, Nancey. Does this work?
During these serious and troubled times, people of all faiths should remember these four great religious truths:
1. Muslims do not recognize Jews as God’s Chosen People.
2. Jews do not recognize Jesus as the Messiah.
3. Protestants do not recognize the Pope as the leader of the Christian world.
4. Baptists do not recognize each other at the liquor store.