This morning I was reading about joy and it’s great value in our lives. I was reminded in the word of God in Proverbs 17:22 that “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” This is a very powerful verse and holds within it a most striking truth that can literally make you, or break you.
I found this article and just wanted to share it with you because it’s such a great reminder to us all.
Here are some quick facts about how the body responds to the wonderful state of happiness we call laughter:
It relaxes the whole body. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.
It boosts the immune system. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease.
It 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.
It 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.
With these great benefits to laughter and happiness what do you suppose “not” having these effects would do to us? Meaning if you’re NOT laughing because you’re never happy, aka- depressed? Notice what the Bible verse says “a broken spirit dries the bones”. A broken spirit or depression actually does have highly negative effects on the human body. It’s a type of emotional stress that reflects on the body putting it under physical stress. Less serotonin is released and the body experiences an array of symptoms such as fatigue, irritability, and poor blood flow. It’s believed that some cancers could be attributed to the stresses caused by depression. “Dryness” is another term for “decay” or “lifelessness” in other words being broken and living in your brokenness could very well end up slowly killing you. The body thrives under happiness and mind you happiness is not just a blissful feeling that seldom “comes by” unexpectedly. It’s a choice! And I can’t communicate that enough. It’s your choice to be happy, to laugh, to enjoy your life regardless of what you’re experiencing. It’s no secret; doctors everywhere admit that much of the recoveries of certain patients can be attributed to their positive attitude and outlook on the situation, and seldom the drugs! Most drugs only offer temporary relief. The true recovery is when the body “heals” itself completely and the optimal condition for this to happen is when you’re happy!
Let’s not go too far, ANY system thrives and produces best in a positive environment. Pessimistic and negative workers will not produce as much as positive and motivated workers working on the same project! I can’t memorize a thing out of my text book when I’m down, it’s nearly impossible! We just weren’t designed to give our all when we’re not happy, and neither were our bodies. That’s why the most successful people in the world are those who are most motivated. Why are they motivated? Because they’re happy! They love what they are doing and they get more done just for having that attitude, plus they feel great along the way!
Don’t let your down trodden and broken spirit dry up your zest for life. Your body is the amazing instrument through which you experience life, so you owe it to yourself to give this phenomenal trust the best condition it needs not just to survive, but to thrive! Don’t you dare tell yourself “I can’t be happy!”, “Nothing good ever happens to me”, “I hate everything right now how am I supposed to give anything a good, hearty laugh?” Like I said, it’s a decision, and you make decisions every day for unimportant things like what color shirt to wear or whether to have boiled or scrambled eggs. Decisions are decisions. It just takes one decision in the morning, happy or depressed?
Just to help you out, the state of happiness, joy, and laughter is scientifically and biblically recognized as good medicine that doesn’t cost you a penny. Depression and a broken spirit will cost you the high price of a sick and shorter life.
I always like a good bargain.
Posted on March 24, 2012 by iEmanuella in Health