A joyful heart is good medicine, But a broken spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22
Laughter is the tonic, the relief, the surcease for pain. Charlie Chaplin
It has been more than 30 years since Norman Cousins published an article in the New England Journal of Medicine1 extolling the potential medicinal benefits of laughter and humour…They are easy to prescribe, and there are no substantial concerns with respect to dose, side effects, or allergies. It seems, however, that the medical community has been reluctant to embrace and support laughter for health. William B. Stream, Ph.D.
One of the most heartbreaking things that I ever observed during a church service was the frowned face of one of the parishioners in response to an infant who discovered his ability to laugh. The little tyke was bouncing up and down, attempting to join in the rousing song service. Since he was too young to sing the words, he offered God praise through his laughter.
Believe me, life is tough! Even Jesus forewarned us, “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth, you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” John 16:33. When we succumb to the vicissitudes of life and end up bitter, holding grudges, and living with a chip on our shoulders, it is not possible to possess the Joy of the Lord. We serve a mighty God who loves us and is here for us. He has not left us destitute, we are not traveling on an endless road of suffering.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you go through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched; the flames will not set you ablaze. Isaiah 43:2. Do we really believe in God?
Our ability to laugh, smile, clap our hands and give praise to the great El Shaddai Adonai are priceless gifts that were only given to humanity to show love and adoration for the Creator of all Mankind.
Release the unhappiness caused by the struggle; Cast your burden upon the LORD, and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous be shaken. Psalm 55:22
I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. Psalm 34:1
(For we walk by faith, not by sight:) 2 Corinthians 5:7
Give thanks in every circumstance, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. 1 Peter 5:7
Trust and Obey for there is no other way to be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey.
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2020
Reference: Humor, laughter, learning, and health! A brief review. https://journals.physiology.org/doi/full/10.1152/advan.00030.2017