Thursday, January 6, 2011

24:15 Rib Ticklers

We take life so seriously sometimes that we forget to laugh. Yes, God calls us to be “sober and awake” (cf. 1 Thessalonians 5:6), but nobody likes a dour-faced saint. We should let the joy of living in Christ shine through as well. Medical studies are quite clear on the fact that stress can literally kill you; other studies have shown that laughing may actually release endorphins in the brain that counteract the effect of stress and induce a feeling of well-being.

We often laugh because we’re happy, but laughing can also make us happy – and healthy. Laughter releases endorphins, neurotransmitters that have pain-relieving properties similar to morphine and are probably connected to euphoric feelings, appetite modulation, and the release of sex hormones (7). Studies have shown that laughter boosts the immune system in variety of ways.[..]
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