Laughter is an amazing thing. Robert Provine of the University of Maryland found that people are thirty times more likely to laugh when they are with other people than when they are alone. He stated, “When people are in bonding situations, laughter flows…And, they’re not exactly laughing at hilarious punch lines.”

Only 15 percent of the sentences that trigger laughter are funny in any discernible way. Instead, laughter seems to bubble up spontaneously amidst conversations when people feel themselves responding in parallel ways to the same emotionally positive circumstances.”

Provine’s conclusion: “Even the seemingly mundane parts of humanity, like laughter, show how we’ve been hardwired by God to love and enjoy relationships.”

If you want to be happier, do not isolate yourself. Reach out to others; engage in conversation, and laugh a lot! After all, that is the way God made you. Thousands of years ago, Solomon wrote these words in the Book of Proverbs, “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”(Prov. 17:22)

The message of that scripture is just as true and applicable today as when he wrote it. Joy is a contagious, healing powerful thing. Joy is medicinal.

Think about it, and don’t forget to take your medicine today.

John Mark Caton, Ph.D