What has happened to giggling and a good guffaw?
One of the most, if not the most, precious sounds in the world is the laughter of one’s child. And then, there’s the laughter of one’s grandchild.
Those first sweet, baby giggles, and those deep, baby belly laughs. Oh, so sweet to hear! And I think even more important is when our children become adults, when stresses of the world bombard their lives. To hear them laugh is soothing to the soul.
As I read one of my daily devotional books the other day, I received another one of those head-slaps for this thought:
Just as we parents love to hear our children laugh, so it must be even sweeter to the Father’s ears to hear His children giggle and laugh. He usually hears complaints and murmurs from His loved ones.
Laughter is good for all of us.
I don’t watch comedy shows on TV. I guess I’m getting too old, but I like the old-fashioned shows. Those that held to morals and values. And were actually humorous. I would much rather watch an old TV show for the umpteenth time, like Happy Days, Carol Burnett, Dick Van Dyke, Andy Griffith, or even Gilligan’s Island!
There is one old program I do love to watch; it’s on PBS. As Time Goes By. It’s a long-running show in England (no longer produced) with Judy Dench. One of the only programs I can think of that makes me laugh, except maybe Laverne & Shirley.
Solomon said, “A happy heart is good medicine and a cheerful mind works healing, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.” (Prov. 17:22 Amp)
Studies have proved that laughter has healthy affects on the body.
Laughter is strong medicine for mind and body. What happens physically when one laughs?
HelpGuide.org says in its article Laughter is the Best Medicine…
Laughter is a powerful antidote to stress, pain, and conflict. Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. Humor lightens your burdens, inspires hopes, connects you to others, and keeps you grounded, focused, and alert…
Laughter relaxes the whole body. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.
Laughter boosts the immune system. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease.
Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.
Laughter protects the heart. Laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.”
(If you’d like to read the rest of the article, it’s here.)
I love that last thought: Laughter protects the heart.
With all the negative events happening around the world and circumstances swirling around us, there’s not much to laugh at these days. But we need more laughter. More heart protection. So many burdens hound us. Burdens become heavy and squash our funny bone. When we release the burdens, giving them to the Lord, laughter has a better chance of bubbling up.
The last suggestion mentioned in the above article to help find laughter is this:
“Pay attention to children and emulate them. They are the experts on playing, taking life lightly, and laughing.”
I love seeing what makes babies laugh. Here’s my offering to help reverse the lost art of giggling. I hope they bring you a great giggle and brighten your day…