I believe a sense of humor is a valuable asset. Life is too short, too hard, too uncertain - and without the ability to laugh (and especially to laugh at yourself!) life would be one very tough path to walk. In fact, there are many therapeutic benefits of laughter. According to holistic online, "Dr. Lee Berk and fellow researcher Dr. Stanley Tan of Loma Linda University in California have been studying the effects of laughter on the immune system. To date their published studies have shown that laughing lowers blood pressure, reduces stress hormones, increases muscle flexion, and boosts immune function by raising levels of infection-fighting T-cells, disease-fighting proteins called Gamma-interferon and B-cells, which produce disease-destroying antibodies. Laughter also triggers the release of endorphins, the body's natural painkillers, and produces a general sense of well-being." Bottom line - laughter is a good thing. So learn to laugh! Because as the song from the movie, Mary Poppins reminds us, "It's Fun to Laugh!"
The Bible supports what modern research has revealed about the benefits of laughter. Proverbs 17:17 tells us that "a cheerful heart is good medicine." When my heart is cheerful, I find myself smiling and laughing a lot. So be sure that you take the medicine that the Good Physician's book recommends - and learn to laugh!
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