By Ron Cook

Ron and his wife Rodetta have been married for 41 years. They have actively served the Lord together in ministry during the entire time and are co-founders of Care for Pastors. Ron ministers to hundreds of pastors annually through mentorship, counseling, and by phone. He has been a Pastor for 40 years and understands the stress of ministry, and wants to share his longevity in ministry with other pastors and help them finish well.

    Laughter Is Good Medicine

    Wednesday, May 06, 2015

    News Flash: “Your sense of humor is one of the most powerful tools you have to make certain that your daily mood and emotional state support good health.” Paul E. McGhee, Ph.D.

    Out of curiosity, I googled “the benefit of laughter” and found one of those rare areas that the Bible and the secular world agree on–laughter. Before any of the clinical research of our day, Solomon declared. “A cheerful heart is good medicine.” Proverbs 17:22a

    I was so excited to read the research of Maciej Buchowski, a researcher from Vanderbilt University, who conducted a study in which he measured the amount of calories expended in laughing. It turned out that ten to fifteen minutes of laughter burned fifty calories. Just as I was ready to cancel my gym membership, I read on and it seems that loosing one pound would require about twelve hours of concentrated laughter. Back to the treadmill.

    I would encourage you to take a few minutes to research laughter. During these changing times, we need to remember the benefits of laughter. It’s FREE.

    “A cheerful look brings joy to the heart.” Proverbs 15:30a

    “A heart at peace gives life to the body.” Proverbs 14:30a

     “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1

     “A time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance.” Ecclesiastes 3:4

    Please don’t forget to laugh today, or at the very least smile. Don’t be surprised if that smile doesn’t turn into laughter. Laughter, it does a body good!

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