There’s nothing sweeter than the sound of children laughing. For me, it triggers memories of the carefree days when my schedule wasn’t overbooked and there were no bills to pay. When my biggest decision was what kind of ice cream treat I should buy from the ice cream truck that frequented my neighborhood on the endless hot summer days.
Recently I read a study on the benefits of laughter. Some people refer to laughing as “internal jogging,” because a good hearty laugh gets your blood circulation flowing and can produce a cardio-like workout. Of course, you’re not going to burn the calories you would by hitting the gym, but laughter is relaxing and can decrease your blood pressure. After reading, I concluded, laughter is the best medicine. Have you ever tried to laugh and be anxious at the same time?
The Bible tells us:
Proverb 17:22 A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.
Psalm 126:2-3 Then our mouths were filled with laughter and our tongues with joyful songs. Then the nations said, “The LORD has done spectacular things for them.” The LORD has done spectacular things for us. We are overjoyed.
I believe laughter is a special tool, gifted to us by God, to lift our spirits and to diminish our worry. It’s a way to express our inner joy to the world. My hope is that each day we’ll choose to laugh on purpose. Of course, there will be days when we feel there’s nothing to laugh about, but we can always laugh as we trust God to take care of our situation.
Speaking of laughter…I’d love to hear something that’s made you laugh recently.
**I’M AT MY DAY JOB TODAY…I’LL BE AROUND LATER TO CHAT.**