Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Are You Laughing?

Warning: Laughter may be hazardous to what ails you...

 “Of all the things God created, I am often most grateful He created laughter.” (Charles Swindoll)

Aside from all the wonderful benefits laughter can bring, laughing just makes you feel so darn good! No matter what the age, laughter is just one of those things that has the ability, even for a few minutes, to pick us up and allows us to escape from our responsibilities, sorrow, or worries. It’s so powerful that it consumes our senses and lifts the weight (at least temporarily!) from our shoulders. Nothing works faster or more effectively to bring our minds and body back into balance than a good laugh. Even when we are going through a difficult time, smiles and laughter can go a long way in making us feel better.

Thank God for His wonderful gift of laughter!

“He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.”     (Job 8:21)

God fills us with so much joy and laughter as He adds to our lives and brings about change through His promises. He teaches us that joy is a duty, and a virtue that every Christian should plant and harvest. Proverbs 15:15 says that a cheerful heart has a continual feast. Laughter has its place in every healthy and faithful life, and when we allow ourselves to become engulfed in His glory, He brings joy, abundance, and laughter into our lives that we can share with others. When you surround yourself with people who have a great sense of humor not only does it make life more fun, but it canl release stress that we often experience on a daily basis. And there are just times when the best help we can give to a loved one is the gift of laughter. A person may really need the sound of laughter to make it through the day, and we may just be that person to bring joy into someone’s life today!

There are tons of reasons to laugh…            

  • ·         Laughing is an effective way to reduce stress

  • ·         Laughter boosts the immune system

  • ·         Laughter strengthens our relationships and is contagious to others

  • ·         Laughing improves our mood and adds joy and zest to our lives

  • ·         Laughter exercises your face muscles

  • ·        Laughing relaxes the body and reduces problems associated with high blood pressure, ulcers, and strokes

Joy and laughter colors our whole personality. We can’t always choose what is going to happen to us, but we can choose our attitude in the situation. Humor lightens our burdens, inspires hope, connects us to others, and keeps us grounded. Living a life of positive thinking and laughter is bound to make us happier and more confident throughout our daily routine, and God tells us to be joyful and loving, to fill our lives with laughter! When we do this, we will be happier, healthier, and a better testimony of His love; ultimate joy comes from Christ dwelling within us!

“Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again-rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4)

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  1. Hallo Denise! Today I read on Fb: a smile is the best make-up of a woman. Now I use a little make- up ... but I still thought this is a good quote. Great you write about this. I will remember this on the gray mornings in this winter season. xxx

    1. I so agree with that dear friend! Love you Jedidja; have a blessed Thanksgiving!

    2. No thanksgiving here in Europe :-) But I am thankful for your friendship on FB and here. And I am thankful for all sweet moments here with my husband and kids. xxx

  2. How true this post is!
    This week has been especially stressful for me but God has allowed me to make several people really laugh and it makes everything feel lighter...Love it when I can make the toughest person crack changes everything and breaks down barriers fast.
    This time of year it is especially important to incorporate laughter into your day!
    Blessings and love & ((hugs)) ~Lisa~

    1. I am looking forward to lots of laughter as my daughters and I spend the day in the kitchen today-ha! Praying your day is stress-free and full of blessings Lisa!
      Love you; Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. I've been following you on Pinterest for a while, Denise. You have the prettiest of boards! This post today is so encouraging and true. I joined your blog. Looking foward to getting to know you.
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
    God bless~

  4. Laughter is so good!! Such a good post, Denise. Thanks for sharing.