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Wednesday, May 21, 2014


"Go Ahead and Laugh"

“A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.” Proverbs 15:13

“All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.” Proverbs 15:15

“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” Proverbs 17:22

Reason for the Season

 


 

Are you enjoying life?  Are you assured in God’s providence so securely that you can rest in Him in bad times and not lose your joy?  Life is given to us by God, and from Him all things are given to us to enjoy that life. “Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;” I Timothy 6:17.  I believe it honors God when we walk through life with a smile on our face and laughter in our heart.

What happens when we laugh?  It is a proven fact that we change physiologically when we laugh.  We stretch muscles throughout the face and body, our pulse and blood pressure go up, and we breathe faster, and send more oxygen to the tissues.  Hey, dieters, laughter burns calories, too!

Researchers have found that there are four major effects that laughter has on the body.

  1. Blood flow:  The University of Maryland found that people who were exposed to comedy and laughter had normally behaving blood vessels.  The vessels expanded and contracted easily.  Those who were exposed to a drama tended to tense up, and their vessels restricted blood flow.
  2. Immune response:  Increased stress is associated with decreased immune system response.  Several studies have shown that humor has a direct influence on the elevation of infection-fighting antibodies in the body, as well as boosting the levels of immune cells.
  3. Blood sugar levels:  One study had people with diabetes eat a meal and then listen to a tedious lecture.  The next day, the same people ate the same meal, but this time they attended a comedy.  After the comedy, the blood sugar levels were lower across the group than they were after the lecture.
  4. Relaxation and sleep:  One study has shown that chronic pain patients who experience ten minutes of laughter can sleep two hours pain free.

Stress has quite the opposite effect on the body.  Forty-three percent of all adults suffer adverse health effects from stress.  Seventy-five to ninety percent of all doctor’s office visits are from stress-related ailments.  Stress has a major role in headaches, high blood pressure, diabetes, skin conditions, asthma, arthritis, depression, and anxiety.  Stress costs American industry more than $300 billion annually.

Go ahead; laugh at these statistics.  It may do you good!  Get a glad heart and you will do yourself a major favor.  Go ahead; tell a good joke.  Talk about that funny memory you have tucked away in the dusty side of your brain.  When is the last time you had yourself a good belly laugh?  If you have developed the habit of taking yourself way too seriously, go look in the mirror, or better yet, take a few “selfies,” and see what we all see.  Go ahead, yuck it up!


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Previous devotions

"The 8 Watt Pioneer" - May 7, 2014
"The Triumph of the Lamb" - April 23, 2014
"Missing It" - April 16, 2014
"The Culture and Your Family" - April 9, 2014
"Love Constrains Us" - April 2, 2014
"Marching Orders" - March 26, 2014
"Sharing Jesus" - March 19, 2014
"The Importance of the Evening Service" - March 5, 2014
"Back to the Basics of Love" - February 12, 2014
"Preservation" - February 5, 2014
"The Basics of Tithing" - January 22, 2014
"A Sure Foundation" - January 15, 2014
"Renewing the Inner Man" - January 1, 2014
"The Reason for the Season" - December 11, 2013
"The Merry Side of Christmas" - December 4, 2013
"Thanks for Everything" - November 13, 2013
"Days of Thanks" - November 6, 2013
"Burden Blessings - Part 2" - October 30, 2013
"Burden Blessings - Part 1" - October 23, 2013
"A Winning Team" - October 16, 2013
"The Yoke of Responsibility" - October 9, 2013
"Blamestorming" - October 2, 2013
"Hope Bearers" - September 18, 2013
"A Vessel of Rescue" - September 11, 2013
"Now I See" - September 4, 2013
"Wrestling for Thee" - August 21, 2013

"Speaking with Grace" - August 14, 2013
"Here Is God" - August 7, 2013
"Great Value In Disaster" - July 31, 2013
"Are You Happy?" - July 17, 2013
"Is There Not a Cause?" - July 10, 2013
"Rest a While" - June 26, 2013
"Keeping the Torch Lit" - June 19, 2013
"Give Attendance to Reading" - June 5, 2013
"The Christian Poser" - May 22, 2013

"The Christian and His Music" - May 15, 2013
"The Value of a Mother" - May 8, 2013
"Treating the Symptoms of Sin" - May 1, 2013

"Surviving the Days of Noah" - April 24, 2013
"Fully Available" - April 17, 2013
"Church Training Kids" - April 10, 2013

"Alive unto God" - April 3, 2013
"Anticipating Easter" - March 27, 2013
"Saved to Obey" - March 20, 2013
"Sowing the Gospel" - March 13, 2013
"I Surrender All" - March 6, 2013
"Teach Us To Pray" - February 27, 2013
"A Bright Hope in Dead Darkness" - February 20, 2013
"Truths from a Tornado" - February 13, 2013
"Hopeful" - February 6, 2013

"If We Faint Not" - January 23, 2013

"Seventeen Years of Marriage and a Football Game" - January 16, 2013
"How To Avoid a Wasted Year - Part 2" - January 9, 2013
"How To Avoid a Wasted Year - Part 1" - January 2, 2013




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