By Linda Tancs

A good comedy routine will remind you that laughter is the best medicine, just like the Bible says (Proverbs 17:22). Indeed, medical science shows that laughter boosts the body’s immune system, reduces stress, reduces the risk of heart attack and even acts as a natural tranquilizer. Of course, many life events do not inspire much laughter and, as Solomon reminds us, there is a time to cry as well as to laugh (Ecclesiastes 3:4). But joy comes with the morning (Psalm 30:5). In other words, don’t let bad or sorrowful feelings linger. The Lord promises beauty for ashes (Isaiah 61:3) and a mouth full of laughter (Job 8:21). If that doesn’t make you smile, then nothing will.

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