THERE IS A TYPE of laughter that is good for the health of the body and the soul. I am not referring to frivolous laughter that is based on jokes or funny stories of doubtful taste. I am not going to defend folly because the Bible calls us to be sensible. I am talking about laughter as a manifestation of good humor, optimism, and happiness; about that happiness that every «mother should cultivate (,) a cheerful, contented, happy disposition. Every effort in this direction will be abundantly repaid in both the physical well-being and the moral character of her children. A cheerful spirit will promote the happiness of her family and in a very great degree improve her own health» (Ellen G. White, The Ministry of Healing, ch. 31, p. 374).
All of us are able to experience the benefits of healthy laughter, happiness, and good humor, whether married, single, widowed, or divorced. Laughter: is an effective therapy against sadness.
According to scientists from Oxford University, when we laugh we release endorphins, which are part of» the happiness chemicals. “improves interpersonal relations.
Laughing as a couple or with friends awakens pleasant feelings since it frees peptic opioids that are related to excitement and positive emotions.
As a result, a feeling of bonding and emotional well-being is generated. Stimulates the immune system, so it increases your defenses.
Helps to combat stress, which in turn reduces blood pressure.is a form of physical exercise according to a study published by Nature.
When we laugh, we activate about 400 muscles dds years of life. According to the University of Navarra in Spain, people who laugh a lot live an average of four years longer.
Displays our faith in God, our trust that He is in control and we can be thankful and enjoy life. According to statistics, children laugh an average of 200 times a day, while adults laugh only 20 times. There are even adults who are” groaning over supposed evil…. a frown is ever upon their countenances. They are chilled with the innocent laugh from the youth or from anyone. They consider all recreation or amusement a sin and think that the mind must be constantly wrought up to just such a stern, severe pitch. This is one extreme» (White, Mind, Character, and Personality, vol. 1, p. 48). Let us not go to extremes. Encourage the habit of a happy attitude. Acquire the habit of always being happy (see 1 Thessalonians 5:16)
“He will yet fill your mouth with laughing, and your lips with rejoicing” (Job 8:21).