So many people today live with sickness, headaches, digestive problems, lack of energy and so much more because they don’t have the joy they should. They aren’t sleeping well at night and are living under so much stress and pressure. But the Bible tells us that when we are happy and joyful, it’s like medicine to our bodies.
“A happy heart is good medicine and a cheerful mind works healing, but a broken spirit dries up the bones” (Proverbs 17:22).
Science has finally caught up with these words in the Bible that King Solomon wrote some 3,000 years ago. The following report is from The Week magazine: “Laughter is good for your health, and now scientists know why. Researchers at the University of Maryland found that when 20 healthy volunteers smiled and laughed loudly while watching the comedy, ‘Kingpin,’ their blood flow increased by 22 percent, about the same increase caused by aerobic exercise. But when volunteers watched tension-filled scenes from ‘Saving Private Ryan,’ their blood flow decreased 35 percent.”
Researchers say that laughing apparently causes the endothelium, the tissue that lines blood vessels, to expand, which increases blood flow. Laughter may also improve arterial health by reducing mental stress, which constricts vessels and cuts blood flow. Michael Miller of the New Scientist says that “A healthy lifestyle includes 30 minutes of exercise three times a week, and 15 minutes of hearty laughter each day.”
One of the greatest stress relievers God has given us is the gift of laughter. It not only makes you feel better, but it actually releases healing throughout your system. In fact, medical science tells us that when people laugh, it boosts their immune system. It reduces blood pressure. People who laugh regularly are 40% less likely to have a heart attack than people that don’t laugh regularly. Laughter triggers the right side of the brain, which helps release creativity so we can make better decisions. Laughter activates the body’s natural tranquilizers that not only help us calm down, but it helps us sleep better.
If our minds are to stay healthy, we must have a safety valve to allow the pressures of life’s trials to escape. Nothing serves this capacity so well as a wholesome sense of humor.
If you need to rejuvenate your mind and body, it’s time to take your medicine! Make time to laugh every single day. Don’t take yourself so seriously. Approach life with a happy, light-hearted attitude, and remember:
“What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul!”