Proverbs 17:22 A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
I was playing with one of my grandsons and the other day and I am not sure how it happened, but he took a toy out of the toy box and placed it on his head, and started chuckling! He said, “Look Papa” and put another toy on his head, as the other one fell off, then they both fell off because he was laughing so hard. Of course I had to join in and put a toy on my head and I started laughing. My grandson giggled even more as we both were laughing, putting toys on our heads. We kept going as our merriment continued until we both collapsed. It was so much fun and so refreshing.
Just a few months ago Forbes published an article in their online magazine called, “Six Science-Based Reasons Why Laughter Is The Best Medicine” by David DiSalvo. The article cites studies that reveal laughter is not only good for your physical and mental health, but good for your social interactions and relationship. Yes, a good giggle session releases endorphins, but even hearing laughter causes our brain to ramp up its activity as it seeks to figure out what’s so funny. Hilarity also brings people together in a shared experience, as laughter is a bit contagious. In deeper relationships, merriment is a desired quality, especially in a marriage. Couples who laugh together have greater relational satisfaction.
Chuckling, giggling, snickering, guffawing, hooting, snorting, and cackling bring much to life. The Bible encourages us to laugh more.
Ecclesiastes 3:4 (there is…) a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
Psalms 118:24 This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Proverbs 15:13 A glad heart makes a cheerful face, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is crushed.
Proverbs 15:15 All the days of the afflicted are evil, but the cheerful of heart has a continual feast.
Psalms 32:11 Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!
Now yes, we are to be careful we do not hurt with our humor.
Ephesians 5:4 Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.
Rather we should be like the amazing woman in Proverbs 31:
Proverbs 31:25 Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come.
Sure, there are a lot of circumstances where we are to be serious and times we should feel with those are hurting, but there is also a time laugh. Laughter is good medicine and we should laugh more! I can so easily let the stress of the day; the never ending list of to do’s, project deadlines, expectations, and obligations rob my joy and hold me back from times of laughter. It’s ok to laugh, and it’s needed. When was the last time you laughed so hard you could hardly stand? Let’s laugh more.
Church can be a place of fun and laughter. Sure we need to take God seriously, but God is also a God of joy and laughter. So why not try church this Sunday? If you don’t already have a church you attend regularly, we would like to invite you to Cypress Church or any of our branch churches. Our website has all the information you would need www.cypresschurch.net. It would be fun to connect with you!
Looking to laugh more along with you,