There’s actually scientific reasons that cheerfulness and laughter are good for you. The Bible is not making a poetic statement in this verse.
Consider these results of laughter:
Laughter relaxes your body. A heartfelt laugh lessens tension and stress in your body, relaxing muscles.
Laughter boosts your immunity. Laughter increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies.
Laughter triggers the release of endorphins that improve mood and decrease levels of the stress-causing hormones cortisol and adrenaline. Laughing tells your nervous system to make you happy.
Laughter protects your heart. Laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.
Laughter burns calories. Keep exercising for sure, but every little bit helps, right?
Laughter diffuses anger. Looking at the lighter side of things can put problems into perspective.
Laughter may help you live longer. One study, done in Norway discovered that people with a sense of humor lived longer than those who did not laugh as much.
I really don’t think I need to convince you that laughter is good for you. But you may need to be convinced to be more intentional about it.
Try this experiment with your family and see how it goes:
A couple of years ago, a friend of my daughter’s challenged us to laugh continuously for one minute, non-stop! She informed us that it was good therapy for us. So we humored her and gave it a try.
At first, it was rather forced, but I guarantee you that several seconds into the exercise, you will find yourself starting to laugh for real! So when you feel the need to loosen and lighten up, schedule some laughter therapy with your family. See how you feel after 60 seconds of laughing!
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