Heart of the Hills
Laughter is Good Medicine
Proverbs 17:22 wisely states, “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” The old saying, “laughter is good medicine,” goes back to ancient times!
King Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes 3:4 that in life, there is “a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance.” So when it’s time to laugh, laugh! And know God is laughing with you.
An example of this was with Job in his grief. His friend came to comfort him and told him, “He will yet fill your mouth with laughter, and your lips with shouting.” Job 8:21 Job’s friend was reminding Job and those grieving that God is with us even at our lowest points, and that He will restore our joy in the end.
God wants us to find joy in this life and one of the best ways to do this is with healthy laughter.
I think God, the creator of our bodies, knew that laughter would have physical benefits for those who discovered it. Laughter is found to release hormones in the body that strengthen immune systems, boosts mood, diminish pain, and protect from the damaging effects of stress. Humor lightens burdens, inspires hope, connects us to others, and keeps us grounded, focused, and alert. The best part about this medicine is that it is FREE! CLICK HERE for more on the benefits of laughter. https://www.helpguide.org/articles/mental-health/laughter-is-the-best-medicine.htm
A pastor notices a man in his church that he hadn’t seen in a long time.
After the service he said to the man, “Sir, I only see you at Christmas and Easter.
You need to be in the Lord’s army.”
The man replied, “I am in the Lord’s Army, I’m in the secret service.”
It’s one thing to read about laughter, but when was the last time you watched some wholesome comedians who made you smile and laugh? CLICK on the links below to find wholesome ways to bring laughter to yourself and others.
Match the Scripture verse on the right to its reference on the left.
1. Luke 6:21 ___
2. Psalm 126:2-3 ___
3. Job 8:21 ___
4. Ecclesiastes 3:24 ___
5. Proverbs 31:25-26 ___
6. Proverbs 17:22 ___
a. Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come.
b. He will yet fill your mouth with laughter, and your lips with shouting.
c. A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
d. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy;then they said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.”
e. A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
f. God blesses you who are hungry now, for you will be satisfied. God blesses you who weep now, for in due time you will laugh.