Monday Morsel ~ Laughing Through Life
just a little something
to begin your week.
I just returned home from Colorado Springs where I spent the last several days with my college roommates. How wonderful it was to catch up on each other’s lives and spend uninterrupted time together.
Although it would take quite a bit of time to list all of the reasons I love hanging out with these girls, one of the highlights of the weekend was the amount of laughter we shared together. There’s something about spending time with friends you’ve grown up with that makes everything funnier. We laughed at old college memories, cracked up at new experiences, and giggled over the simplest things far into the night. As I recounted the weekend while traveling today, my heart feels full and my burden feels lighter. And much of it I believe has to do with how much we laughed.
The good news is that there actually is research that supports what I have shared: laughter truly is good medicine for our souls. I was encouraged by what I found…
Benefits of laughter:
- Reduces stress
- Triggers release of endorphins and creates serotonin
- Boosts immune function (mostly by moving lymph fluid through your body)
- Brings oxygen to your organs (I think it’s interesting to note that cancer cells cannot live in an oxygen-filled environment. This is another reason why it’s important to exercise and practice deep breathing. More on that in an upcoming Morsel!)
- Boosts circulation
- Protects the heart by lowering blood pressure and improving the function of blood vessels
- Relaxes your muscles
Of course it doesn’t surprise me that this truth is also in the Bible: “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones” (Proverbs 17:22).
Although I have taken life too seriously in the past, I am making it a point to add more laughter into my recent days, and I encourage you to do the same. For some laugh-inducing moments, I listed some YouTube videos that cracked me up. In the comments section below, I’d love for you to share any other funny video clips or jokes with which you are familiar so we all can take some time to laugh. After all, as e. e. cummings said, “The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.”
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