Laughter: Good Medicine
Prov 17:22 'A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.'
Part 1 of the verse can be understood in the context of the expression, "laughter is the best medicine". Research shows that laughter has profound psychological and physiological benefits. Laughter is powerful in relieving stress; alleviating tension; as well as increasing endorphins (natural pain killers), which are released by the brain. The more that we are given to laughter, the stronger our immune system becomes and our overall sense of well-being increases.
Conversely, a broken spirit, a negative attitude dries the bones. If we allow discontentment, envy, bitterness or anger into our lives, we will rob ourselves of the joy of living. Such a disposition can lead to depression, despondency and distress, which results in ill-health.
God is the giver of life. His plan is that we enjoy life to the fullest. A meaningful relationship with God is the best way to enjoy living. We can cast all cares on Him (1 Peter 5:7)
We have options. The consequences of our choice will be ours only. Let us choose
to have a positive attitude; to laugh more and to ultimately get closer to God. There are immense benefits to gain.