by Coach Carla O’Brien
Laughter really is the best medicine.
Imagine a barnyard scene involving baby goats dressed in pajamas frolicking about to an 80’s disco hit.
Chortles. Giggles. Snorts. Guffaws. Snickers. Downright delightful, bust a gut laughter. Enjoy! Or better yet go to my website www.theplaygroundlife.com and watch. I’ll wait.
See, you feel better now don’t you, and here’s the Biblical principle why.
Proverbs 17:22 says “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”
The Old Testament book of Proverbs was written over 3000 years ago by King Solomon of Israel. He is considered to be the wisest man ever to have lived. Proverbs is a book of common-sense sayings that teach us spiritual truths about everyday living. Laughter is everyday living and it is good medicine for your body, mind, and spirit.
Let’s look at the practical benefits of laughter.
It boosts the immune system (produces the hormone Serotonin).
It reduces stress.
It lowers blood pressure.
It fights depression.
It improves the quality of sleep.
Nobody has to remind you that we are living in unprecedented times. I don’t have to point out all of the current life challenges many of us are facing. But hear me clearly when I tell you this truth – God delighted when He created you (Psalms 149:4) and He still delights in you and He gives you permission to enjoy your life. Regardless of all the uncertainty swirling around you. No guilt involved.
The fruits of the Spirit listed in Galatians 5: 22-23 are love, JOY, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Laughter is one of the ways that Joy manifests itself in our lives. God wants to laugh with you. He delights in you and wants to play with you. He is your Abba Father and it gives Him great pleasure to see His children celebrating life.
But many of us struggle to find Joy in our lives. Delighting seems to take too much energy and life has taken a chokehold on our funny bone. Here are a few practical applications that work… or rather play.
Be intentional (focus on fun)
Carve out time (schedule games)
Choose what you expose yourself to (watch comedies, read humorous books, avoid negative news)
Find funny friends (surround yourself with an optimistic circle of people)
Lighten Up (give yourself grace and don’t sweat the small stuff)
Laughter is truly one of my favorite lifestyle activities. I wish I could make a living doing it. I believe in it so passionately that I made it one of the freedom truths in my The P.L.A.Y.ground Life ministry. The acronym PLAY stands for P.ray, L.augh, A.bide, and Y.ou are loved. These Biblical principles are a lifestyle that leads to a life of freedom in Christ Jesus.
God loves you.
He delights in you.
And he wants to laugh with you.
Now, practice by thinking of something funny. Laugh.
Carla O’Brien is a feisty, full of faith woman who loves God with every cell in her being. You can not be around her without catching her contagious faith and vivacious love of life. She is a teacher, a coach, and a believer in the power of Jesus to transform lives. Laugh and listen to Coach Carla on her podcast – The Playground Life on iTunes and Spotify. Follow her @theplaygroundslide on Instagram and Facebook. – Cindy Grasso