It should not surprise us that laughter is good medicine.

The Bible says, “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones” (Prov. 17:22).

I just read another article on the benefits of laughter.  According to the most recent research, laughing brings several clear benefits into your life:

1) Laughter boosts your immune system by reducing stress and enhancing your immune system which makes you more resistant to colds and other illnesses.

2) Laughing diminishes pain.  People who live with chronic pain report that laughing makes the pain more bearable.

3) Laughing is a mini workout. Every time you laugh you create a chain reaction which boosts your heart rate and increases your circulation which, in turn, burns more calories than just sitting still. Now, I’m not saying that laughing will give you that beach body you want, but it sure can’t hurt matters.

4) Laughter enhances mental resilience. Learning to see the funny side of life in difficult circumstances is an amazing coping mechanism.  The ability to laugh at difficulties and setbacks will always help you bounce back faster from disappointments.

So, laugh a lot today; after all, it’s good medicine!

John Mark Caton Ph.D