God Created Laughter

Merry heart, Proverbs 17:22, laughter healing
“Joy, humor, and laughter should be part of everyone's spiritual life. They are gifts from God and help us enjoy creation.” 
― James Martin 

Sometimes we forget that God created laughter. 

Think about it. When God was creating mankind, He equipped us to experience a special burst of enjoyment...a way to release stress and relish the unusual, crazy things in life. 

But did you know that Laughter also improves: 
  • blood flow 
  • blood sugar levels 
  • immune system response 
  • sleep patterns 
God tells us in Proverbs 17:22 that "A merry heart does good like a medicine" and He means it. Let laughter sweep through your soul today and improve your overall health. 


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16 comments:

  1. Laughter is like medicine and it can heal and help keep us well. It is good to laugh at adversity and know that God will work it all out. It is good to read clean jokes and the funny paper. My hubby and I enjoy Mr Pickles and laugh each day at his antics.

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  2. Gail...I love to laugh! It is a joy-filling thing. Thank you for post and link up. Blessings.

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  3. May we always be filled with joy in the Lord! Thanks for the great post & for hosting & God bless!

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  4. Thanks Gail for hosting and having it up so early :-)

    I am doing better at laughing...and smiling. Stress to the extreme can make all that hard though I am beginning to really believe that laughter (and Joy) is possible through more difficult times.

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    1. Yes, Judith. Sometimes when we feel least like laughing, we need it the most.

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  5. Yes, laughter has health benefits. I think God gave us the different generations within in a family to help us laugh. My grandchildren are a source of joy and laughter.

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    1. Amen on that one, Carol! I have 4 more devotions on laughter next week, and one of them talks about my giggling granddaughters. : )

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  6. And laughter exercises our LIVER too! Laughter can be very healing. I remember after my dad's memorial service, I sat around with my brothers and sisters and we laughed and told funny stories about our memories of our dad and it was such a blessing to just share those memories together amidst our tears.

    Thanks for hosting today!

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  7. oh yes, Gail! let's here it for more laughter, smiles, grins, chuckles, and heartfelt expressions of the joy that springs from within!

    ;-}

    Linda

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  8. I seriously love this reminder today! Can't wait for next weeks thoughts!

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  9. Wonderful post! Thanks for the reminder of the importance of this sometimes forgotten activity. It does soooo much good for us. God gave us a built-in stress reliever......laughter! Looking forward to next week's posts!

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  10. Thanks for hosting! I slipped in here!

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  11. A wonderful (now deceased) pastor of ours used to comment on how much he loved a well known portrait of Jesus laughing. His point was that this rare, non-somber picture of Our Lord is a reminder that Jesus delights in us - the same way that we enjoy our own children and grandchildren. I love that image of him!

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  12. Yes, my wife Hazel is my "secretary" and she edits all my stories and posts. She is a keeper.

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  13. Wow! I didn't know laughter reaped so many positive health results! I will have to try it more! :) Thanks for the great info & the link up! Thanks for being a part of UNITE, my friend! ~ Jen

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  14. I'll just have to make a point of laughing more today, Gail! I do feel like it relieves stress--much like crying does too! Hmmm, "funny" how that works! Thanks for this encouraging post and for linking it up at Wedded Wed!

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