Day 31 | Benefits of Laughter
Today's devotional is "Faith and Medicine." We certainly believe in divine healing and divine health, but if Jesus had a doctor around him (Luke), then maybe it would be good if we did too. Here’s a blog post I wrote last year about the medicine God is prescribing us:
Imagine being prescribed medication and the pharmacist tells you, “Take this three times a day for ten days and you will get better.” Most of us would start taking the medication because we would believe it would work. This faith, mixed with the medication, has helped many to get well.
“Dr. God” has given us a prescription that has tremendous potential for our strength, health, energy level, longevity, and mental clarity; it’s called “a merry heart.” Those who heed the “Great Physician” and mix their faith with the joy of the Lord will start on a wonderful journey toward vitality in life. Some would object and say, “That’s fine for you, but I am not a joyful person.” In response to this, please consider two things.
First, can you imagine someone saying, “I can’t be loving because I am not a loving person.” We would say, “That’s ridiculous. We are commanded to love. God would never tell us to do something we could not do” (I John 4:7-11). The same principle holds true for joy. Each of us has the power and ability to become abundantly joyful. It is a “muscle” that can be developed in our lives.
Secondly, this writer was entrenched in a joyless state that resulted from an “it’s not my personality” belief. Instead of using God’s word to create my identity, I was using my past and my experience to tell me who I was. As I will share in the book Possessing Joy, I was delivered from this bondage and my joy was increased dramatically. It can happen to you, too.
Dr. God is telling us to take our “good medicine.” He is urging us to make joy and laughter a big part of our overall plan for good health for our lives. This spiritual truth is supported by science and recent medical research. So, let’s take our medicine. We won’t be sorry we did.
Declaration: A merry heart is good medicine. I “take” this prescription of joy and laughter daily. As I do, my health and vitality are strengthened.
Speaking of being healthy, here are some thoughts on how laughter improves your health:
HEALTH BENEFITS OF LAUGHTER
Laughter helps remove the negative effects of stress, which is thought to be the number one cause of death today. In researching the effects of stress on health, I have discovered that it is estimated that up to 70% of illnesses are connected to stress. Some of the health problems caused by stress are high blood pressure, heart disease, anxiety disorders, depression, frequent coughs and colds, peptic ulcers, insomnia, allergies, asthma, menstrual difficulties, tension headaches, stomach upsets and even cancer. Frequent hearty laughter not only lowers stress, but it also helps to improve the immune system, which is a key factor in maintaining good health. Finally, laughter works out our facial muscles which can lead to a younger, healthier appearance.
We bless you today in health, joy, and uncontrollable laughter!
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“I am clothed with strength and dignity and I laugh (with joy) at the days to come!”
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- Laugh at a few good lies! – Learn more about laughing at lies here.
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