Here are four great reasons you should laugh every day.
It’s Good for You!
Laughing is good for you. Let me tell you why I say that. Solomon wrote, “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones” (Prov. 17:22). I don’t have to throw a bunch of medical statistics at you because the Bible already says that a joyful heart is like good medicine to the body. Laughing lowers the risk of disease, stroke, and stress-related illnesses. Maybe doctors should tell us “take time to laugh and then call me in the morning!”
When you laugh, you are spreading happiness because “a happy heart makes the face cheerful” (Prov. 15:13), and “smile-itis” is very contagious. “Words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones” (Prov. 16:14), regardless of whether they make us laugh or not. Words of encouragement build up others. When you learn to laugh, even laugh at yourself, others will laugh with you.
It Lessens Stress
The medical facts are clear that laughter suppresses the body’s manufacturing of stress hormones. That means you’re under less stress when you laugh. As a result, you’ll be healthier, but more than that, you’ll be happier. Every time you laugh, your muscles tend to relax and anxiety and fear naturally subside.
The medical reasons are good enough reasons to laugh, but the mental benefits of laughter might be the greatest benefits of all. When you laugh, your body releases endorphins, which are chemicals that make you feel great. Some runners describe this effect, particularly long distance runners. When you feel great, you might make others feel great, or at least better than they did before.
I include laughing at myself before others for the bloops and blunders I make, but I believe God has a sense of humor. Part of our being made in the image of God (Gen 1:27) was that we’d laugh at puppy dogs or kitty cats playing; we’d laugh at the things that young children would do or say; and we’d laugh at good, clean jokes. So laugh it up! It’s good for you since “a joyful heart is good medicine.”
May God richly bless you,
Pastor Jack Wellman
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