A merry heart doeth good like a medicine, but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
I have so much fun watching small children play. They enjoy themselves so much and laugh with such ease. I have listened and watched with amazement at the simple little things that make them laugh. They will laugh when one sneezes, coughs, falls, spills, steps on a bug, catches a cricket, or just about anything. It is as though they are just looking for an opportunity to laugh.
I wonder what happens between the time when we are kids and the time we grow up. For some unknown reason, many of us lose our laugh. We lose that sweet innocence of a child that lets us laugh with such ease.
This is not only a sad thing that happens, but it is also an unhealthy thing too. The Bible says that laughter does more than lighten the atmosphere around us, it also makes us healthier. Laughter acts as a medicine to us, an all natural and all healthy, healing medicine.
Science has learned what the Bible has told us for thousands of years. It is now known that when we laugh a good hearty belly laugh that our body produces endorphins that are released into our bloodstream. Endorphins, in case you aren’t familiar with the term, are like natural drugs that help the body relieve stress, pressure and tension. They help relieve physical pain and anxiety. This is amazing in more than one way. First, it is amazing that God told us this in His word long before science knew anything at all about it. Secondly, it is amazing to think that God built into us a simple method by which we could self medicate ourselves in a pure and healthy way.
It has been proven that worry, anxiety, stress and constant emotional pressures are some of the major causes of physical and mental sickness and even death. Therefore it is important to loosen up and laugh. Laughter is the best medicine, so go ahead and laugh.