Monday, December 7, 2009

A Cheerful Heart - Proverbs 17:22

Quote of the Day
What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul.
Yiddish Proverb

(22) A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

Laughter really is a cleansing agent God designed for us to use regularly.  It has a purpose that goes beyond the merriment we receive when sharing a good belly laugh with a friend.  We get a total body workout when we laugh heartily.  Our blood pressure lowers, our facial muscles, diaphragm, respiratory system, and muscles get a workout.  It amounts to a routine in the gym.  That's why we're tired after a round of laughter, whether alone while watching something funny on the tv or reading a funny book or with a friend or group of friends. 
Even when we're down and out, by forcing ourselves to laugh, the results are the same as when we laugh spontaneously.  The endorphines kick in and in no time, we're feeling better! 
When Allen was away in Istanbul, Turkey for a whole year, and when he was in Qatar for a year, Ashley, John and I created things to laugh about.  We made it our business to find something to laugh about even if anyone else thought us crude or simply silly.  Laughter really is medicine for the soul. 
How often do you laugh?  If you have to think about it, that means you don't laugh often enough.  If your doctor wrote you a prescription to laugh three times every hour, would it make a difference?  Laughter has a healing effect, no doubt. 
I'm including a poem I wrote some time ago.  Forgive me if it's a bit crude for your taste, but I can't resist.  If you've ever had a pet whose natural functions made your eyes burn, you'll surely remember a funny story and hopefully laugh at Momentary Reprieve.  Bob is our Black Lab and he is a hoot to be around....most of the time!  Take care and share a good laugh with someone.  It may be their only laugh of the day.

Momentary Reprieve
By: Nan Forehand

hurriedly doing my weekend chores
still haven't mopped the downstairs floors
standing in front of the kitchen sink
looking outside at Bob I paused to think
poor Bob - he needs a little lovin'
I really don't have to clean the oven
wagging his tail and prancing around
time to stop and listen to nature's sound
so much to do - so little time
beginning to birth a funny rhyme
ruby-throated hummers humming
chickadees cheerfully chirping
Bob sniffing and the cat hissing
think of all the sounds I'd be missing
back in the house doing my chores
I'd miss the sounds of the great outdoors
I hear a hooty owl hoot
ahhhhh! BOB, did you poot
well, that's enough of nature's sound
back in the house for another round

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