Friday

Laughter Therapy

Laughter is good medicine, Proverbs 17:22, Studies show laughter is good therapy for sickness
Years ago journalist Norman Cousins overcame a serious disease by spending a whole month doing nothing but watching, reading and reciting things that made him laugh. 

Amazingly, science supports this phenomenon. 

The Cancer Treatment Centers of America use conventional and alternative forms of medicine to help cure cancer, and “CTCA offers humor therapy sessions, also known as Laughter Clubs or humor groups, to help cancer patients and their families use and enjoy laughter as a tool for healing.” 

“Over the years, researchers have conducted studies to explore the impact of laughter on health. After evaluating participants before and after a humorous event (i.e., a comedy video), studies have revealed that episodes of laughter helped to reduce pain, decrease stress-related hormones and boost the immune system in participants.” 

Apparently, both the physical vibrations and mental diversion of laughter help patients feel better. So when the Bible says “a merry heart is good like a medicine” it’s not just figurative speech! (Proverbs 17:22) 

Laughter is one way God gives us a "joy vacation" in the midst of routine or difficult life circumstances. Why not help someone in need to enjoy that vacation today?

I hope you've enjoyed this week of devotions about laughter, and I hope it will encourage you to wholesome, godly laughter today and everyday!
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14 comments:

  1. Thanks Gayle, I did enjoy them....I need to laugh more:)
    How is your hearing? any changes so far?
    We're praying, love and blessings..Lucy~

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    1. Thanks for asking, Lucy. I will be taking oral steroids until June 6th and then seeing a specialist in acute hearing loss. If I'm supposed to notice a difference, I haven't yet. I'm trying not to "worry about tomorrow" and doing okay most of the time. Thanks again for your prayers.

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  2. A very bad bout with broncitus and then the following year another one, left me with hearing loss. The ear Dr said the nerves were affected. Hearing aids help some, but they are not a substitute for the real thing. Now I must have catarack surgery. Thank God, I can hear and see with help. And I love to laugh!

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    1. I'm sorry about your hearing loss, Hazel. I pray your cataract surgery will go smoothly. And, yes, isn't laughter a wonderful thing!

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  3. I've always found laughter to be very healing when you're going through a rough time. I think laughter can help you stay focused on the good things and it relieves stress too.

    Thanks so much for hosting today!

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  4. Thanks Gail...I needed these laughter devotions, they are very timely for me. I have trouble relaxing and enjoying life...Our family loves to watch funny old sit coms together, like Leave It to Beaver. Now I have the okay from many sources that these are healing and good - not a waste of time like my workaholic tendencies tell me. Looking forward to next weeks devotions. Also I started listening to you read devotions after I read them...thanks for this. I enjoy listening now more than reading them as you have an encouraging and soothing voice!

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    1. Thanks for your kind words, Katherine. I started the audio tool because my Hungarian friend Marta thought it would be good idea. Marta translates 2 of my devotions each week into Hungarian for my Hungarian Bible Love Notes site. And we also thought it would be good for people who are seeing impaired. But I've found that I have quite a few regular listeners who don't fall into either of those groups.
      Have a blessed weekend,
      Gail

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  5. Yes, laughter has always been such a wonderful form of therapy for me. Great post.

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  6. Joycation!!! Awesome! I'm really glad you have written these posts! Great reminder for me- I've been more intentional about laughing and remembering it's healthy when I do!

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  7. I agree but sometimes forget. Thanks for the reminder to take a "joy vacation". Love that!

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  8. Our pastor has been speaking about the importance of joy and happiness from Philippians. Your post reminded me of some of the advice he's been giving. A merry heart truly does good like a medicine, doesn't it?!

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  9. May we always laugh with others as that is added joy when we share.

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  10. Oh yes...I love the sound of laughter. Such wonderful medicine for us all. Thank you for this today. Lovely reminder! Blessings.

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