“A cheerful heart is a good medicine” – proverbs 17:22 and “Happy are those who know they are blessed” – you see we are all blessed, we just don’t all know it. Sharing a laugh is an act of love.
Laughter really is the best medicine, but if you are laughing for no reason, you may need medicine. sorry.
I was one of the lucky ones, I grew up in a home where laughter was more important than brushing your teeth. (and I have the teeth to prove it) Are too many of us taking life too seriously? And leaving no room for laughter?
I aim to have Your Daily Bread.com geared up for plenty of humour as an ingredient. I personally couldn’t do without it!
The key is, from as early in life as possible, to learn to laugh at yourself. Those who can laugh at themselves can also look at themselves critically but not harshly – the key to acceptance and emotional growth. I honestly believe it is one of the most important lessons you could teach your child. If they fall unharmed on their ass in the middle of the street, would they get up and have a good laugh and perhaps take a bow, or would they jump up angry in case someone seen them? Remember the best way to teach them is by example. What would they see you do? I hope its a case of monkey see, monkey do.
And Jesus too was up for the craic! He too loved to laugh as reflected in His parables. Wasn’t one of His first miracles to turn the water into wine! The lives of many great saints and spiritual masters from every religious tradition showed how joyful they were – because faithfulness brings us close to God – the source of all joy! We were made in His likeness remember.
But seriously, it is now scientifically proven that laughter is a potent medicine for stress! it even strengthens the immune function, decreases muscle tension and increases our tolerance for pain! Humour breaks negative thought patterns and eases feelings of anxiety, sadness and fear. So everyone benefits, it is even known to burn calories! Honestly. (just be careful, it is also contagious)
Humour certainly helps us all to get through life a little easier, its softens the blow, it gives you a break and allows you to heal and is the balm for a troubled soul – it is God’s own therapy!
God’s greatest gift is joy. He forgives us, He saves us (often from ourselves) if we allow Him. He loves us unconditionally – sure we should feel nothing but gratitude and joy! The saints and great spiritual masters all understood this – and I bet the man, whose first miracle was to turn water into wine understood the importance of having high spirits in life! (and naturally no one can feel joyful all the time, you wouldn’t enjoy the ups if you didn’t feel the downs.)
So try to see the funny side of life as best you can and remember a laugh a day will keep the doctor away (and a apple will keep anyone away if you throw it hard enough).
Nb. Please ensure you brush your teeth twice daily and apples are for eating x