When is the last time you laughed so hard you couldn’t breathe? The kind of laughter that made you scramble for a tissue and made your ribs hurt the next day.
The average four-year-old laughs 300 times a day, a 40-year-old, only four. If you doubt those figures, watch this clip of my four-year-old grandson, Tyler. Time it! Then do the math. He’s above average.[youtube id= “7uWZ8Ok_r4o”]
If laughter is indeed “good medicine,” we need to start taking bigger doses before the expiration date…………. OUR expiration date.
The facts below are supported by research….
- Laugh and you live longer.
- Laugh and you help other people live longer.
- Laugh and you prove that you believe there is hope.
- Laugh and you make people want the hope you claim you have.
- Laugh and you take yourself less seriously.
- Laugh and you become more attractive. – with rare exceptions.
- Laugh and you relieve pain.
- Laugh and you give your soul and the people around you a peek at the heart of God.
My prayer is that tomorrow your ribs will hurt because of the Joy you experienced today.
If you are wondering what there is to laugh about, a quick glance in the mirror might get you started. Come on! Comment and share your joy!
When have you laughed the hardest?
What makes you laugh?
This post was inspired by:
- Tyler Scheer – The Master of Laughter!
- This article in Psychology Today.
- The One who is the “Author of Joy” and giver of Life fully alive. Thank you Lord for Laughter!