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Thursday, May 6, 2010

HA! HA! HA!



Would you like a prescription for free medicine?

Yes, you heard me right.

I know where you can receive the best medicine at no expense to you. The bible is filled with information on any topic you can imagine. So it isn’t surprising that God shows us where we can receive an amazing antidote to our problems and health concerns.

Proverbs 17:22 (NLV) A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a persons strength.

Laughter!

We have all heard the sayings:
“Laughter is good for the soul”
“Laughter is the best medicine”

But how good?

According to Webmd.com and several interviewed researchers, laughter and exercise are similar. William Fry stated that it took him ten minutes on a treadmill for his heart rate to reach the same level after only one minute of hearty laughter.
Wow! Talk about a great way to burn fat. But research also shows there are other benefits from laughter.

• better sleep(which helps improve the immune system)
• reduced anxiety
• lowered risks of heart attacks
• natural energy (can stop buying energy drinks)
• pain reduction

But when you really think about laughter, there are some other amazing benefits. Whenever I am talking with a girlfriend and we begin to crack-up over something the other said I immediately feel lighthearted.

When I find myself laughing with my husband, I feel connected to him in a different and very healthy way. Most times it leads to inside jokes that only we know the meaning behind that we use during stressful times or even in public; just to get a kick out of others reactions.

Laughing with my family brings a sense of closeness. Whether it is sharing stories from our past or laughing at someone (99.99% of the time, me) at the dinner table, there is a connection there that can only come with family.

No matter who we are laughing with, a bond is shared between us at that very moment; happiness, a sense of freedom, no inhibitions, and pure joy. Even lasting memories are created.

God always knows what is best for us. He knows that a heavy and negative spirit is not good for our soul, mind or even body. Just as a grieving person looks forward to that first laugh after a loss, it is engrained within us to seek out happiness.

So call up your girlfriend, or turn off the tube and snuggle with your hubby, or get the family together. Start talking and sharing. But above all…just laugh! It’s good for you.

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