Medicinal Laughter


“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” (Proverbs 17:22 KJV). How do you maintain a merry heart? First, you need to understand what it means to be merry. So, here’s the definition: full of or showing lively cheerfulness or enjoyment – quick in movement or manner. Secondly, you need to understand your heart. The heart is the basis of your emotional life. Therefore, you need to keep a cheerful emotional life.

While we all face things that will get us down occasionally. When we find ourselves in those situations, we need to remind ourselves not to camp out there. We need to take quick movement and change our manners to resume our cheerful thinking.

Just like medicine is the remedy for what ails us physically, laughter is the remedy for what ails us emotionally. However, what makes me laugh may not make you laugh and of course vice versa. This is where knowing your heart comes in to play. You should know what things make you feel happy or even giggly. Go do those things (as long as they are not harmful to others). Do them often enough and you will be able to restore proper balance to your emotional state.

I understand this can be hard for some of us in very, very difficult situations. After all, how often have you taken medicine that tasted good and went WOW can I have some more of that! Most of us don’t like the taste of medicine because it seems out of the ordinary and strange to us. I know putting on a slapstick comedy may seem strange too but if it gets you to laugh then do it. Find some thing you can smile about – go on take your medicine and tell me you don’t feel even a little bit better!

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