When was the last time you had some plain ol’ fun and laughed?
Not the nice, polite chuckle you give when someone’s not really funny, but you kinda-sorta feel like you should at least act like it was funny…
… But Laughter…
the kind where you cried or almost peed your pants?
Some Christians are so darn solemn and grim that you wonder if their face would crack if they smiled.
I had been introduced to a couple that I met on about two occasions that appeared to work very hard at keeping joy and fun out of their lives. Their clothes were dark and plain – no patterns or print allowed.
And they wonder why their grown children never come around.
Laughter and fun often comes easier when we’re with certain people compared to others. Those we laugh the easiest with are the ones we’re continually drawn to.
Laughter creates bonds between people. No wonder one of the top traits people look for in a mate is someone they can laugh with. (sentence #2 ending with a preposition – I’m on a roll)
We’re 30 times more likely to laugh when we’re in a social setting than when we’re alone.
Did you ever watch a movie with someone and both of you laughed like crazy – only to watch that movie again with a serious person and it wasn’t funny anymore? That’s because laughter is contagious.
Laugh for Good Health
The old saying, “Laughter is the best medicine” is true. Proverbs says that a cheerful heart is good medicine and a broken spirit dries up the bones.
Laughter releases endorphins which cause positive changes in the brain. A good dose of laughter brings more oxygen to the body and reduces the stress hormones, cortisol and epinephrine.
So Lighten Up!
Sure… life can be hard – but there’s always humor to be found.
Walk through life with others who laugh and maybe you’ll have milk coming out of your nose.
“He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.” ~ Job 8:21
Yolanda DeLoach (@YolandaDeLoach) is a member of Wesley UMC and through her writing, tries to remind herself to keep life light.