When was the last time you had a good laugh? I mean belly aching, tears running from your eyes, trying to stop and being unable to, body-shaking kind of laughter, how did we all become so serious? If we are going to have a good life, we must be intentional or deliberate, meaning you must deliberately create occasions for laughter in your life. We must begin to look out for the humour in all circumstances we find ourselves.
Do you know that God laughs? In fact, I have found eight scriptures in the bible which talks about God laughing. Psalm 2:4 “In heaven, the Lord laughs as he sits on his throne, making fun of the nations.” Psalm 37:13“…but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he sees that his day is coming”; Going through the eight scriptures, a common theme that runs through is that man’s foolishness causes God to laugh, how about you? What causes you to laugh? Do you laugh only when the going is good? But Job 5:22 says, “you shall laugh at destruction and famine” and 1 Thessalonians 5:16 says, “Always be joyful” and verse 18 ends with “This is what God wants you to do”. This means you are to laugh when the going is good and when the going is not so good because this is what God wants you to do. God wants us to be happy all the time. It is important that you do not lose your joy even when things are tough. I am talking about the joy of the holy Spirit because with it you will be able to muster strength to proffer solution to whatever problem you are facing.
The benefits of laughter to our bodies cannot be overemphasised. According to an article on healthguide.org, laughter strengthens the immune system, boosts one’s mood, diminishes pain while humour lightens your burdens, inspires hope, connects you to other people, as well as help release anger and forgiveness sooner. Laughing reduces stress, increases brain activity and creativity. The experts say that without laughter, our thought process can become stuck. I read the story of a woman who was suffering from one rare condition in Joel Osteen’s book, “Everyday, a Friday”, after her doctor had given her several medications without any improvement, he finally prescribed a dose of laughter. He told her to go watch as many humorous movies and read as many humorous books as possible and laugh until her side ached. Guess what happened to her as she followed the doctor’s prescription, gradually, her joy returned and by the time she went for the next check-up, everything about her had changed for good.
Proverbs 17:22 says that laughter is like medicine to the soul. Do you also know that laughter is contagious? When you are joyful and laugh often, you infect other people who come across you with your joyful spirit. In order words, you spread the joy of the Lord everywhere you go, and you attract good things to yourself.