The Bible says in Proverbs 17:22 "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones."
The original Hebrew word here for medicine is a word that means cure. Now cure is a seldom used word in the medical world today. The medicines we take today aren't always a cure for what ails us. As a matter of fact, sometimes the side effects from the medicine are worse than the symptoms we were having in the first place. I'm not saying I'm against medicine, sometimes it is necessary.
Did you know that it has been documented that laughter is really good for our health? Not scornful laughing, the kind where someone is making fun of another person, but the kind of laughter that comes from a merry heart. There are actually chemical changes that take place in the body when we laugh.
Consider These Health Benefits from Laughter:
Physical Health Benefits:
Lowers stress hormones
Relaxes your muscles
Prevents heart disease
Mental Health Benefits:
Adds joy and zest to life
Eases anxiety and fear
Attracts others to us
Helps defuse conflict
Promotes group bonding
So laughter is good for me, for my family and for my church. Supposedly those who smile more laugh more. So start smiling more and laughing more. It's good medicine.