Monday, February 28, 2011

Laughter is Good Medicine

We all should be laughing all the time. Studies show that 20 seconds of really good laughing is worth 3 minutes on a rowing machine! I think that's pretty cool. I love to laugh. I intentionally surround myself with people with good senses of humor so we can play and laugh with each other as often as possible. I suggest that you watch comedy when possible and search out comedic entertainment. Animals and children are extremely excellent sources of comedy relief. Below is a link to a very funny video with wild animals that came across my Facebook newsfeed page.

Benefits of laughter include stress reduction, enhancement of the immune system, strengthening of cardiovascular function, and increased oxygenation through improvement of the respiratory system.

For a good laugh, watch this:

There are a lot of things in this world that are not funny, but don't let it get you down. Look up and find the humor in life. Remember, laughter is good medicine...Based on Proverbs 17:22 "A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones."--I found the following, and had to share: "King Solomon left among his wise sayings a prescription for sick and sad hearts, and it is one that we can safely take. A merry heart doeth good like a medicine. Joy is the great restorer and healer. Gladness of spirit will bring health to the bones and vitality to the nerves when all other tonics fail and all other sedatives cease to quiet. Are you ill? Begin to rejoice in the Lord, and your bones will flourish like an herb, and your cheeks will glow with the bloom of health and freshness. Worry, fear, distrust, care-all are poisonous! joy is balm and healing, and if you will but rejoice, God will give power. He has commanded you to be glad and rejoice, and He never fails to sustain His children in keeping His commandments. Rejoice in the Lord always, He says. This means no matter how sad, how tempted, how sick, how suffering you are, rejoice in the Lord just where you are-and begin this moment. The joy of the Lord is the strength of our body, The gladness of Jesus, the balm for our pain, His life and His fullness, our fountain of healing, His joy, our elixir for body and brain. [Taken from]"

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