BY LEANN DILBECK –
Who doesn’t enjoy a good laugh? Whether it’s a giggle from something brutally honest spoken from a child’s mouth or that big ol’ belly laugh that a good time with great friends can bring about… it’s truly healing to the soul.
The health benefits of it are well documented, ranging from lowering blood pressure, increasing blood flow, reducing stress, improving alertness & creativity to simply just being good for the abs!
Today’s culture leaves most of us stretched to find enough time in the day to fit everything in with work and family and, unfortunately, social time with treasured friends or even our spouses may sometimes find itself taking a back seat when we are forced to budget, literally, every minute of every day. Those who are fortunate enough to take vacations for rest, relaxation, and restoration, typically only do so once a year… and many times, they come with a hefty price tag, not to mention they are only a few days out of an entire year.
I, for one, am so stinking “task oriented,” that I have been guilty in the past of sacrificing “fun” time until everything on my list was accomplished… well, life has taught me that those days are rare and even more so, don’t have the same value as a fun time spent with loved ones! There’s always going to be something that has to be done… and it usually doesn’t go away. Laughter that is truly therapeutic brings out creativity, new perspective, and even relaxation.
Proverbs 17:22 – “A cheerful heart is good medicine, But a broken spirit dries up the bones.”
Even in our deepest grief, laughter can be healing. Grief can develop into a depression, which can depress the immune system… laughter strengthens the immune system. Depression can make it difficult to concentrate. Laughter increases alertness and creativity. The research goes on and on… we have to allow ourselves to have a “time to grieve” and also allow ourselves to enjoy a “time to laugh,” as we walk through all seasons of life.
Our list of ‘priorities’ should include spending time with those people who help us enjoy the lighter side of life. We all have those friends who are just funny… they’re funny even when they aren’t trying. We may work with them… we may even be married to them. Take time to enjoy the laughter they bring to your life. It will make you a more pleasant soul to those around you and then you too, can bring laughter to someone else’s life.