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The 19th century Quaker missionary Stephen Grellet wrote these wonderful words: “I shall pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.”  Grellet valued kindness and laughter, believing both helped make people feel good.

Kindness and laughter do trigger healthy physical and emotional responses in the body.  Medical research now shows that “laughter strengthens your immune system, boosts mood, diminishes pain, and protects you from the damaging effects of stress.”

It is said that each day has one thing in common with the next. Both offer opportunities to laugh with others, and when missed, those opportunities leave you with unwanted regret.

To put your mind and body back into balance, nothing works faster or better than a good laugh.  Laughter relaxes the body, lifts your spirit, inspires hope, connects you to others and helps to keep you grounded.  It also enables you to be more forgiving and less angry.

Listed here are three points medical professionals say about the medicinal value of laughter. However, these are not substitutes for exercising and eating healthy.

  • Laughter boosts the immune system by increasing immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies which improve your body’s resistance to disease.
  • Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote a sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.
  • Laughter protects the heart. It improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect you against heart disease.

With so much power to heal and renew, laughter is a tremendous resource for surmounting problems, enhancing your relationships, and supporting both physical and emotional health. Best of all, this priceless medicine is fun, free and easy to use.

Allow me to encourage you to laugh and enjoy life each day. Spring has sprung, trees are blooming and birds are building their nests.   Relax and know that God is in control.  Stop trying to alter things that are beyond your control and cause you stress. Let your hair down and find humor.

Laughter lightens your load and lifts your heart into places of serenity. Your laughter rises to heaven and blends with angelic melodies. Just as parents delight in the laughter of their children, so God delights in hearing you laugh.

So, go ahead and discover the social benefits of laughter that strengthen relationships, attract others to you, enhance teamwork, help defuse conflict, and promote group bonding and Never Give Up! Never Give Up! Never Give Up!

By Chaplain Ghosten

chaplain@lhp.net