Proverbs 17:22 (TPT) A joyful, cheerful heart brings healing to both body and soul. But the one whose heart is crushed struggles with sickness and depression.
Not a whole lot to make us laugh right now. It’s now the second month of this pandemic. We are now in the middle of spring, soon to be summer, but students can’t even walk for graduation.
Something physically happens and changes in our bodies when we laugh.
Here in New Jersey, the beaches are planning to open just in time for Memorial Day weekend…however churches remain close. Many folks are still struggling to cope with this new normal.
In the midst of everything that's going on, and what we may be going through emotionally, psychologically and even physiologically, it’s important we don't forget to LAUGH. Why? Because it makes a difference.
Something physically happens and changes in our bodies when we laugh. According to WebMD:
We change physiologically when we laugh. We stretch muscles throughout our face and body, our pulse and blood pressure go up, and we breathe faster, sending more oxygen to our tissues. Psychologist and laugh therapist, Steve Wilson said, “People who believe in the benefits of laughter say it can be like a mild workout — and may offer some of the same advantages as a workout.”
What all of that says to me is that Proverbs is spot on when connecting the significance of laughter and our health. As I read this verse in Proverbs, I’m reminded of 2 things:
- We can’t take life too seriously.
- Laughter is vital to our overall health and well being.
God reminds us in this Proverb that a joyful heart with laughter is literally a medicinal quality that we need for our physical well being. Laughter is a medicine that can heal our soul and without it, we physically are depleted.
So, in this season of uncertainty, it’s important that we enjoy our families and savor each moment, even the small things of life. As the saying goes “this too shall pass”. Friends, it won’t be like this always, and in the meantime don’t forget to laugh!
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