Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The Lord hath done great things for them.
Laughter, it’s an undervalued medicine in the lives of men. Scientists have studied it, doctors have prescribed it, and hungry souls have craved it. Today Id like to share with you the importance of laughter, and some steps to add more of it to your life.
To begin with, why does laughter matter? According to studies, it can prevent heart disease by increasing blood flow and improves the function of blood vessels. Laughter enhances the immune system, as well as releasing endorphins to lessen pain. It combats anxiety, relieves stress, and relaxes the body.
Socially, it has been found to both reduce and resolve arguments. Teamwork is better when laughter is present. Scientists even agree that laughter, or the ability to make someone laugh, makes you more attractive to others. Laughter may seem unimportant, until it is absent in your life.
My first recommendation, seek out a happy person or group of people. You know someone who is always laughing and smiling. One who spills coffee on himself and laughs at the shape of the stain. I’m not referring to a silly person, but one with a positive outlook on life.
We all deal with sadness, many times as a result of tragedy. However this doesn’t mean that laughter can’t minister to you in times of pain. You may need a transfusion of it from a friend who has an over abundant supply.
Second, if you can’t find someone, find something that makes you laugh. A book from your childhood, a memory, even an old movie, a comedy that cracks you up. It doesn’t have to be intellectual, it doesn’t even have to be good writing. It just has to be funny.
People either undervalue or overvalue comedy. They either look down their nose at it, or try and over analyze it. The fact is, Andy Griffith, Fonzie Bear, and Kevin James are funny. Laurel and Hardy aren’t Great Expectations, but they are great fun. A wiseman said, “A little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest men.” The goal is to not to belittle your heartache, but to bring some cheer into your heart.
Third, do something that is completely lighthearted. What activity puts you in a place to where laughter comes easy? Whether it is miniature golf, or a trip to a local amusement park, it makes no difference. It doesn’t have to make sense, don’t overthink, just enjoy.
Fourth, do not feel guilty about laughter or seeking to laugh. The heart needs comfort, it seeks an environment where happiness isn’t a visitor, but a roommate. Your hurt is real, the event that caused it just as real, but that doesn’t mean you can’t seek some solace through your valley.
I struggled with how to end this post. Whether to be serious, or to do what I’ve championed throughout the article. So let’s end with a smile, and laugh at some silliness. As Cosmo said in Singing In The Rain…
Short people have long faces and
Long people have short faces.
Big people have little humor
And little people have no humor at all!
And in the words of that immortal buddy
Samuel J. Snodgrass, as he was about to be lead To the guillotine:
Make ’em laugh
Make ’em laugh