Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Make Merry

While working, and working, and working at my church the past week, I noticed something--when you're laughing the whole time, it doesn't feel like work. :) There's just something about laughter that makes everything better.

The Bible states it...
"A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones." ~ Proverbs 17:22
"For the joy of the Lord is your strength." ~ Nehemiah 8:10d

Science confirms it...
Here are some reasons I found at helpguide.org as to why laughter is good for you.

The Benefits of Laughter
Physical Health Benefits:
  • Boosts immunity
  • Lowers stress hormones
  • Decreases pain
  • Relaxes your muscles
  • Prevents heart disease
Mental Health Benefits:
  • Adds joy and zest to life
  • Eases anxiety and fear
  • Relieves stress
  • Improves mood
  • Enhances resilience
Social Benefits:
  • Strengthens relationships
  • Attracts others to us
  • Enhances teamwork
  • Helps defuse conflict
  • Promotes group bonding
So why not give it a try and see for yourself? Find a reason to laugh--big or small. See if it doesn't make your day, then share that laughter and see if it isn't contagious. How about starting with a comment here? Let me share in that joy with you.