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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Laughter is Good for your Health

Healthy Laughter is Good for You !!
 
When my children were small, they often watched cartoons, but one day they were watching The Three Stooges on TV and my sister-in-law was visiting.  She said, she did not allow her children to watch that show because “The show teaches children to hit each other and think it is funny.”
 
As I thought about it, I realized she was right, so that program became off limits. 
 
The cartoons of goofy Duck being hurt was not the same as real people in pain. 
 
I do not like the videos of people banging themselves up while others laugh.  As long as it isn’t us getting hurt – many think it is funny, but seriously it is NOT funny.
 
What does make us laugh?  Robert and I enjoy a good clean joke, and many movies and TV shows are truly funny.  We also laugh out loud at some of the cartoons in the newspaper.  Mr. Pickles is our favorite.
 
Actually a good belly laugh is good for your health and there is much good humor available.
 
The Bible instructs us to have a cheerful and happy heart and to rejoice.
 
Proverbs 17:22 A merry heart does good like a medicine: but a broken spirit dries up the bones.
 
The Benefits of Laughter (taken from HelpGuide.Org)
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
 
Did you know that even God laughs? 
 
The Bible says, when people plot against God and his plans, he just doubles up with laughter and boos in derision at them.
 
Psalms 2:4  He who sits in the heavens laughs, The Lord scoffs at them.
 
Psalms 37:13 but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he sees that his day is coming.
 
This one made me laugh and then I praised God for I believe it is true!  God is protecting Israel and He is probably chuckling too!
 
Overheard - -Gaza Hamas were Complaining, 'Their God Changes The Paths Of Our Rockets In Mid-Air'.
 
 

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    1. Thank you Judie - Glad you liked it!

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  2. That's awesome! That brought a smile to my heart as well as my face. Awesome post and reminder, Hazel. Thanks. I needed this.

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