Years ago journalist Norman Cousins overcame a serious disease by spending a whole month doing nothing but watching, reading and reciting things that made him laugh.
Amazingly, science supports this phenomenon.
The Cancer Treatment Centers of America use conventional and alternative forms of medicine to help cure cancer, and “CTCA offers humor therapy sessions, also known as Laughter Clubs or humor groups, to help cancer patients and their families use and enjoy laughter as a tool for healing.”
“Over the years, researchers have conducted studies to explore the impact of laughter on health. After evaluating participants before and after a humorous event (i.e., a comedy video), studies have revealed that episodes of laughter helped to reduce pain, decrease stress-related hormones and boost the immune system in participants.”
Apparently, both the physical vibrations and mental diversion of laughter help patients feel better. So when the Bible says “a merry heart is good like a medicine” it’s not just figurative speech! (Proverbs 17:22)
Laughter is one way God gives us a "joy vacation" in the midst of routine or difficult life circumstances. Why not help someone in need to enjoy that vacation today?
I hope you've enjoyed this week of devotions about laughter, and I hope it will encourage you to wholesome, godly laughter today and everyday!
Quotes from CTCA