Laughter is good medicine!

Laughter is good medicine!

Laughter is a respite from the difficulties and unexpected challenges of chronic illness, mental illness, chronic pain, and disability.
Humor can become an oasis of God’s perfect peace and joy in the midst of life’s storms.

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens … a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance …
(Ecclesiastes 3:1, 4)

“A good laugh heals a lot of hurts.” Madeleine L’Engle

“Laughter is a reward of humility and utter dependence upon God. It descends like rain upon a parched heart,” writes Terry Lindvall, Ph.D.

“The wellspring of laughter is not happiness, but pain, stress, and suffering.” James Thurber

“True humor springs more from the heart than from the head; it is not contempt; its essence is love.” Thomas Carlyle

 

LAUGHTER

  • is good medicine
  • sparkles like a splash of water in sunlight (Joseph Lelyveld)
  • is the glitter of the soul (Robin Dance)
  • bursts forth from the soul, overflows, and bubbles all around (Carolyn Birmingham)
  • is God’s hand on the shoulder of a troubled world (Bettenell Huntznicker)
  • is carbonated holiness (Anne Lamott)
  • is the sound of the soul dancing (Jarod Kintz)
  • like sunshine and music and love, is prepared for us by God (James Strahan)
  • is the foundation of reconciliation (St. Francis de Sales)
  • is the tonic, the relief, the surcease for pain (Charlie Chaplin)
  • is sunshine in the house (William Thackeray)
  • is the sun that drives winter from the human face (Victor Hugo)
  • is creative living art (Serene West)
  • is the beginning of prayer (Reinhold Niebuhr)

“With the Spirit’s help, humor has the powerful potential to keep us humble, honest, and hospitable as we walk the path of the redeemed life towards our eternal home,” concludes Susanna Baldwin.

BENEFITS OF LAUGHTER 

  • Reduces anxiety and stress
  • Burns calories
  • Relieves pain
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Improves focus
  • Combats memory loss
  • Inreases creativity
  • Relaxes muscles
  • Boost the immune system
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Releases feel-good endorphins
  • Stimulates blood flow to organs
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Most of us would benefit from more humor in our days, yet that is often challenging when we’re are affected by chronic illness, mental illness, chronic pain, or disability. Spark a little laughter and bring a smile to your face by signing up for our Humor Texts – quirky, clean, and sent about once a week.

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Laugh Your Way to Grace: Reclaiming the Spiritual Power of Humor

Laugh Your Way to Grace: Reclaiming the Spiritual Power of Humor

Rev. Susan Sparks

Laughter was honored by the ancients as a spiritual healing tool and celebrated by the world's great religions. So why aren’t we laughing along the spiritual path today? What would happen if we did? The power of humor radiates far beyond punch lines, it can help: remove the fearful mask of a God who doesn’t laugh, find perspective when faced with adversity, and keep your faith when God is silent.

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Love, a Tiara, and a Cupcake: Three Secrets to Finding Happy

Love, a Tiara, and a Cupcake: Three Secrets to Finding Happy

Rev. Susan Sparks

How do you hold onto hope in the midst of despair? The answer is simple! All you need is love, a tiara, and a cupcake. Using these three festive metaphors, discover heart-warming meditations on finding your purpose (love), claiming your worth (a tiara), and holding onto your joy (a cupcake) — tools that can get you through the worst of times.

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Sharing a Laugh: Heartwarming and Sidesplitting Stories from Patsy Clairmont, Barbara Johnson, Nicole Johnson, Marilyn Meberg, Luci Swindoll, Sheila Walsh, and Thelma Wells

Sharing a Laugh: Heartwarming and Sidesplitting Stories from Patsy Clairmont, Barbara Johnson, Nicole Johnson, Marilyn Meberg, Luci Swindoll, Sheila Walsh, and Thelma Wells

Laughter is the best medicine, and the Women of Faith® speakers definitely know how to lose themselves in laughter. Laugh along with them as they share sidesplitting stories and hilarious jokes that are sure to get a giggle - and perhaps a belly laugh - out of every reader.

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Humor for the Heart: Stories, Quips, and Quotes to Lift the Heart

Humor for the Heart: Stories, Quips, and Quotes to Lift the Heart

Max Lucado, Barbara  Johnson, Marilyn Meberg, and more

Every heart needs to laugh. Every face needs to smile. Every body needs a little lift. Stories, quips, and quotes to lift the heart.

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