“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
- 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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