Laughter Is Good Medicine

In this life we all have pain and sorrow. We all have stress from our daily routines of work, and other responsibilities. We all have times when we feel down. We all have days when we don’t feel good, and days when we are literally in pain.

The bible tells us in Proverbs 17:22, that, “A cheerful heart does good like a medicine.” The word HEART here is just another word for MIND. So “A cheerful mind does good like a medicine.” I have found this to be so true. When I’m feeling bad and something makes me laugh, I feel better.

I don’t sleep much most nights, and last night was no different plus I’ve had a really rough week at work. This morning I was feeling really bad both physically and emotionally. I just happened to remember something funny from my childhood, and it made me laugh.

I think I was around six or seven years old, and my older cousin was a teenager. When he would come over he would entertain me and my younger sister with wild stories. We loved his tall tales, so we would listen intently as he talked. I don’t know where he was going with this story, though. All I remember is what my sister interjected just as he started.

He said, “If you pull a hair out of your nose you’ll die.” My sister looked at him with her eyes as big as the moon. Then he calmly said, “I pulled a hair out of my nose one time.” Before he could say anything else, my sister gasped as her eyes got even bigger, and with deep concern in her voice, she said, “Did you die?”

That’s still so funny to me, no matter how many times I remember it. Most times it still makes me laugh out loud. I loved my early childhood. We didn’t have much at all, but we didn’t know it. Everything seemed so simple. No worries, no cares, no big responsibilities, lots of love, and plenty of fun times to remember.

I hope you have some good memories in your past. When you’re feeling down, bad or sick, try to remember one or two that will make you laugh, or at least smile. I promise it’ll make you feel better.

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