This week I had lunch with a few students from Toccoa Falls College. By the time lunch was over, I had laughed so hard that my face ached. Think back to some of the times you laughed so hard you could barely stand up or you laughed so hard that you began to cry. During those times didn’t your problems begin to melt away? Didn’t you begin to see those serious life issues in a different perspective? Those things you were so concerned about suddenly became lighter and easier to bear.
Many studies today show that laughter has many of the same health benefits as exercise. Other studies show that laughter has brain-boosting powers. With those benefits I suspect we all know people who need to laugh more.
One study from Loma Linda University found that laughter raised levels of disease-fighting mechanisms in your body by fourteen percent. Another study by a cardiologist from the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore found that laughter increases circulation about as much as a treadmill workout.
Surprised? As followers of Christ we shouldn’t be. The bible gave us this same information long before these medical studies took place. In Proverbs, Chapter 17, we read that, “A joyful heart is good medicine…” We all need to laugh more and enjoy life. It really is that simple.
So this week take some time to see the humor in life. Laugh with your family, friends, co-workers, church members, and those that share your life. I bet after a good belly laugh you will have an attitude change that helps keep your life problems in perspective.
Remember, “A joyful heart is good medicine…” Come on now…you know it’s true!