Laughter Is Good Medicine

By: Woody Godbey

I believe Proverbs 17:22 has a lot to do with our health. Bitter people seem to have a lot of health problems. I read an article years ago that bitter people are more likely to have osteoporosis. Proverbs 17:22 a merry heart does well like a medicine: but a broken spirit dries the bones.

My dad loved to hear a good clean joke and he was pretty good at telling them too. Here is one of them. A small-town couple was celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary and their long, loving relationship had long been the talk of the town. For this special occasion, a local newspaper reporter paid them a visit to inquire as to the secret of their happy marriage.

"Well," explained the husband, "it really all goes back to our honeymoon. We visited the Grand Canyon and took a trip down to the bottom of the canyon by pack mule. We hadn't gone too far when my wife's mule stumbled. My wife quietly said 'That's once.' We proceeded a little farther when the mule stumbled again. Once more my wife quietly spoke: 'That's twice.' We hadn't gone a half-mile when the mule stumbled a third time. My wife promptly removed a revolver from her purse, hopped down off the beast, and shot the mule dead. I began to protest over her treatment of the mule when she looked at me and quietly said, 'That's once."'

My dad was 89 when he passed. He had a bad heart, cancer and a few other problems in his life that would have killed most people at an earlier age. My dad laughed a lot and had a good quality life right up to the end.

I've read that children laugh 300 to 400 times a day while we adults laugh only a mere 15! It may be hard for some to believe this but the experts say that laughing aids digestion, lowers blood pressure, reduces stress hormones, increases muscle flexion, boosts the immune system, triggers the release of endorphins which are the body's natural painkillers, heals broken relationships and produces a general sense of well-being! Laughing seems to be a cure all medicine.

I think the problem in the world today is that we take everything so seriously! We need to lighten up and start laughing at ourselves a little, and even laughing at our enemy's attempts to keep us burdened and oppressed! We need to always remember that God has our victory always and there's so much work to be done! LAUGH A LOT! God Bless!!