Laughing is Good Medicine

Robert Strand

bottleofpillsThe wisest man who ever lived, King Solomon, wrote this about 3,000 years ago and it's still good advice for all of us today in the 21st century: "A MERRY HEART DOES GOOD LIKE A MEDICINE!" How true is this ancient advice? Scientists, today, have finally discovered the truth of what the Bible has said for thousands of years.

Here's what they have found: Laughter is good for your physical health! AND, now they know why. Researchers at the University of Maryland found that when healthy volunteers smiled, laughed and guffawed while watching the comedy, Kingpin, their blood flow increased by 22%. This is about the same increase you can expect when you do aerobic exercises!

But when these same healthy volunteers watched the tension-filled scenes from Saving Private Ryan, their blood flow decreased by 35%!

The researchers say that laughing apparently causes the "endothelium," the tissue that lines blood vessels, to expand, which increases blood flow. Laughter may also improve arterial health by reducing mental stress which constricts vessels and cuts blood flow.

According to researcher, Dr. Michael Miller, a healthy lifestyle should include 30 minutes of exercise three times a week and 15 minutes of healthy, hearty, fun, joyful, laughing daily! This is good Biblical advice, now confirmed by scientific study. So, now...HAVE YOU HAD YOUR 15 MINUTES OF LAUGHING, TODAY?

(Research findings adapted from THE WEEK magazine)

"There is a time for everything...a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance" (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 4).