November 20, 2012

Laughter Is the Best Medicine


I love it when a friend sends me an email that helps me to begin the day with a good laugh. Here’s one from Jack Grimner, a lovable Irishman and a friend of sixty-three years.
Father O'Malley answers the phone:
'Hello, is this Father O'Malley?'     'It is!' 
'This is the IRS. Is Vince O'Neill in your congregation?'     'He is'  
'Did he donate $10,000 to the church?'      'He will.' 
In her book entitled, A Better Brain at Any Age: The Holistic Way to Improve Your Memory, Reduce Stress, and Sharpen Your Wits” Sondra Kornblatt claims laughter can provide numerous medical benefits. For example, Kornblatt suggests a good joke can lower our blood pressure, reduce stress, increase memory and learning, and improve alertness and creativity.

Many people believe so thoroughly in the benefits of laughter, they participate in a unique technique whereby they laugh for no reason. You don’t even need a sense of humor, just a willingness to laugh. It’s called Laughter Yoga, and participants believe it can be extremely liberating and is followed by complete relaxation.

God created us with the ability to laugh, even at ourselves. Then God created the duckbill platypus, the proboscis monkey and people who see the Virgin Mary in a corn chip just to give us a reason to laugh and help us stay healthy.

Laughter is indeed the “best medicine.”