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A Joyful Heart

God must have a wonderful sense of humor.  I think He laughs and when He does, all Creation resounds with joy.  Why? Because we are made in His image and everyone I know loves to laugh. We don’t always have the opportunity to find something humorous as much as we might like, but that does not mean that we don’t look forward to a wonderful, uninhibited, spontaneous, rib-hurting, breath-taking laugh.  Scripture records that laughter is a good thing from God’s merciful hand to us….

Job 8:21-“He will yet fill your mouth with laughter, and your lips with shouting.”  Psalm 16:11- “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 126:2-“Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” Proverbs 17:22A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. 

Norman Cousins was diagnosed as having an incurable disease. He was bedridden & the doctors gave him no hope at all. So he decided on his own treatment. His family got a movie projector & rented all the Charlie Chaplin & Abbott & Costello movies that they could find – movies where you just sit back & laugh because they are genuinely funny.

He ran one movie after another, & the more he watched the more he laughed. The more he laughed, the better he felt. First thing you know, the doctors could find no evidence of the incurable disease.

Sometime later, on the editorial page of the Valley Morning Star, Paul Harvey stated that Norman Cousins had been serving on the staff of the UCLA School of Medicine & was pioneering a new medical discipline: “pyschoneuro-immunology.”

The article stated, “Carefully controlled experiments conducted by Cousins & his associates demonstrate that you – just by controlling your mind set – can alter your temperature, your blood pressure and your blood chemistry in a matter of minutes.”

It went on to say, “There is now evidence that cancer patients – liberated from depression – can actually activate the anti-cancer capability of the immune system. ’The human body,’ contends Cousins, ’is far more robust than people have been led to believe.  A strong will to live, along with the other positive emotions – faith, love, purpose, determination, humor – boosts disease-fighting immune cells.’”

So the proverb is true.  If you’re joyful in your heart, then that is good medicine. But if you’re not joyful, if your spirit is broken, then it dries up your bones.  You become old & tired, & a person no one wants to be around.  (copied).