The first time I went to an AA meeting, I thought it strange that most everyone in the meeting room was laughing and having a good time. Man, I was hurting from alcohol abuse, there wasn't much to laugh about. The reason for their glee was that they were sober, safe from the debaucherous way of living in their self-imprisoned misery. God had done for them, what they could not do for themselves. He gave them a reason to laugh. When I am in the presence of jovial people, I feel better, think positive, and relax. That is just the opposite of being around an old crabbie-pattie, negative, and hateful. This is not something made up, rather, there is a science to what laughter can do for you.
Dr Lee Berk, immunologist at Loma Linda University, after extensive studies, reports that laughter helps the brain regulate the stress hormones cortisol and epinephrine, and antibodies as well as endorphines, the body's natural pain killers. Laughter kills pain? Norman Cousins, after diagnosed with anklyosing spondylitis, a chronic inflamation that can cause the joints in the spine to fuse, developed a healing system that combined massive amounts of vitamin C and humor. He recovered from near paralysis. These examples are only two of many. If you look up the effects of laughter on the brain, on google, bing, etc, you will find that there are ongoing studies on laughter, and its ability to keep you well.
A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit. Prov.15:13 (NIV)
There are some people that aren't the type that laughs at everything, and think slapstick, or one liners, etc, are stupid. That's okay, some of it is stupid, and that's why others laugh. But if anyone sits back and thinks of funny things that has happened throughout their lifetime, they all will laugh. That is an exercise recommended on one of the sites regarding laughter's brain effects. In fact, they suggest doing that daily. By focusing our thoughts away from daily drama in life, we feel better, our outlook becomes brighter, and people attrack to us because we are jovial. Some others, thrive on drama, and often cause drama in other's lives. My suggestion is to get away from these. If they question why the distance, in love, tell them why. They may not see this in themselves. Your honesty may improve them.
I know there are many followers of Christ who struggle living in joy, as instructed by the New Testament epistles. There is nothing worse than a person who has been redeemed from their past, and from eternal separation from God, and walk around like they have a mouthful of lemons. If anyone has a reason to laugh, it is them. But they remind us of the children of Israel after they were delivered from Egypt's bondage, desiring to return to the bondage rather than to follow God through the wilderness. Grumbling and complaining can separate us from God's continual blessings, answered prayer, and healthy, prosperous living. Avoid these people. Stick with happy believers who know they've been translated out of darkness into The Light.
Do you have laughter in your home? Observe how family members act in your home. Do the teenagers stay hidden in their bedroom? The husband out in the garage? The wife in the kitchen, or in her bedroom reading? Does everyone separate when they arrive home? If this is the case, your home may be suffering from general unjoyful syndrome. There is no medication that can be prescribed, so no need to go to your doctor. Try this simple little trick. Smile. If something is remotely funny, laugh big. Let laughter fill your home. Stop with dramas on the tube. If you read something funny, share it with the household. If something happens at work that was humorous, tell the family. Turn your home into a fun house, a place every family member enjoys being. Even if you live alone, make it a point to laugh at everything, and let this gift of laughter heal your home. It works here, it will work for you there.
Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all. Keith (: