Laugh More … Love More … Be Happy
By Bernadette A. Moyer
I don’t think we get more points when we leave this life for being unhappy and miserable. The best cure for unhappiness is things that make you happy not dwelling on those that hurt us. Laughter truly is such great medicine for all that ails us. The chemical release your brain releases neurochemicals such as endorphins gives us that high from laughter. It is a natural high. There is no greater feeling than when something strikes us as funny and we laugh out loud.
Recently I was watching Betty White’s Off Their Rockers, I haven’t laughed out loud so much in such a long time. There was one short scene where a Catholic Nun is pushing a baby carriage and she happens upon two young girls sitting on a park bench. She tells them they can’t take any more babies, they are filled up and so here is this baby for you to take care of. You need to do your part and help out. The nun then turns and walks away leaving the baby and baby carriage behind and with two complete strangers. She never affords them any response. Obviously what makes this so funny is that no one in their right mind would just give two complete strangers a baby, a baby they didn’t ask for, and to two people this nun knows nothing about.
I hate to admit it but one of my guilty pleasures is the television show, Family Guy, they are without any boundaries in this comedy and say things we are taught never to say. Some of it truly is in bad taste but that’s probably why I find it so humorous. My favorite is probably one of the least offensive ones titled; Over. You can find it on YouTube and I seriously laugh every time I view it.
According to the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore research has shown that laughter is linked to healthy function of blood vessels. It further states that laughter helps with mental stress. It can be a healthy release to laugh.
Yet when we are sad and unhappy often the last thing we feel like doing is finding things that make us feel good and make us laugh, however, it seems like this may just be what we need to do for ourselves. Happy people attract happy people just like love attracts more love. A life without laughter and a life without love is probably not a life worth living. We choose what we focus on and what we dwell on. Our world isn’t perfect, our lives aren’t perfect but they can be filled with more laughter and more love. It is a choice, it is our choice.
“For as he thinks in his heart, so he is.” Proverbs 23:7
“We live in a society absorbed with its own feelings. Today, people are addicted to seeing themselves as victims and demanding special tolerance, favor, acceptance, or gifts. Yet a mind concerned with its own painful experiences, rejections, mistakes, or emotional hurts is one that refuses healing. Pain should teach and mature us, not box us into darkness. Hebrews 2:10 says Christ learned by the things He suffered – His pain was His teacher.” From BibleTools.org
If we truly want healing, we must change the way we think. Think happy, be happy. Laugh more and love more …