The Healing Power of Laughter
by Angie Lewis 8/03/2007 / Self Help
I believe the more we laugh the longer we will live. Laughter is one of the greatest forms of medicine. I think it is great to try and make other people laugh and feel good inside to improve their mental and spiritual outlook on life. I love to laugh. My teenage sons like to poke fun of the way I laugh because I laugh long and loud. Laughing in this way obviously runs in my family because my mom and two sisters laugh the same way I do. It seems when we girls get together we never stop laughing, and we aren't even laughing at anything funny. Is this how God intervenes in our lives to bring us the joy of laughter? I think it is.
God will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.
(Job 8:21 NIV)
The old saying that "laughter is the best medicine," definitely appears to be true when it comes to protecting the heart according to Michael Miller, M. D. of University of Maryland Medical School. His studies have shown that laughter is linked to a healthy function of blood vessels. So start laughing out loud more! Laughter is also a good cardiovascular workout. It increases the activity of the heart and stimulates circulation. In addition, after the laughter subsides, the cardiovascular system goes into a state of relaxation. Joy and happiness have even been found to boost the immune system!
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
(Proverbs 17:22 NIV)
If laughter is the best medicine, how can we bring joy and happiness to others? The best way is to be joyful and happy yourself. If you aren't feeling particularly joyful or happy, which happens to the best of us from time to time, then find things that you enjoy that would bring you happiness. I know for a fact that God wants us to be joyful and happy twenty-four hours a day!
The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. (Psalm 19:8 NIV)
Have you seen the movie "Patch Adams"? It is about a doctor, portrayed by Robin Williams who heals others using laughter. In the movie he goes to a children's hospital dressed like a clown and gets all the children there to laugh and be happy. It is based on a true story and Hunter "Patch" Adams is still alive today practicing what he preaches. I recommend everyone rent the movie, it will make you laugh, I promise.
What if you can't find anything to laugh about? Get creative and find ways to bring laughter into the home. Rent some funny movies. Make your own Christian comedy or funny movie. Anyone with a computer and web cam can make a movie. My teenagers do it all the time. Also, there is now a new site on the Internet called Godtube.com, which has some funny Christian comedies if you really want to laugh. Bring joy and happiness into your life and into the lives of others by being joyful and happy in the Lord.
You have been made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. (Psalm 16:11 NIV)