Laughter is the Best Medicine

(cc) Marc Kjerland - Flickr

(cc) Marc Kjerland - Flickr

I couldn’t even tell you how many times I have been in a restaurant or the grocery store or some other public place, and someone has come up to me and commented, “I knew you were in here somewhere, because I heard your laugh!” Yes, my laugh is that unique. (Actually, the word “obnoxious” came to mind first, but “unique” sounds so much better.)

My laugh has always been my trademark, simply because people recognize me by it. And that’s OK, because laughter is important. In Proverbs 17:22, Solomon said,

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

I grew up in a family that was full of love and laughter. I have four brothers, and any time we all get together, much laughter and hilarity ensue. What a blessing to be surrounded by people who enjoy life.

Mimi and the Boys, 2009

Bettie O'Rear and her five sons, Christmas 2009

I realize that life is not all fun and games. Believe me, I understand the harsh reality of pain and heartache as much as the next guy. I’m not suggesting that every single day should be filled with nothing but laughter from sun-up to sundown. That’s completely unrealistic. Solomon reminded us of this balance between joy and sorrow in Ecclesiastes 3:4.

… a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance …

What I am suggesting is simply that life needs to be punctuated with laughter. The very fact that there is a time to weep and a time to mourn makes laughter an essential component for providing balance to life. Don’t be afraid to let loose and laugh hysterically if something tickles your funny bone. When life is crushing your spirit and drying up your bones, don’t forget to laugh every once in a while. It truly is the best medicine.

Paul O'Rear Signature

Photo Credit:

  1. laughs, by Marc Kjerland (Flickr), Creative Commons License

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