The other night as I was washing up, I noticed a band-aid plastered on my back. I know I didn’t put it there. Then I realized, it was my daughter Janina who did! No wonder, she kept on hugging me earlier! So I did what a loving mother would do. I got my own band-aid, snuck inside their room and plastered it on her forehead as she lay sleeping. Imagine her surprise, when she looked in the mirror the following day! We had a good laugh about it!
One thing about our family is we love to laugh! We love tickle fights, making fun of each other, telling jokes, acting silly and pulling pranks on one another. I remember one April fool’s, when i drank salty water because my kids put salt in my glass of water. When stuck in traffic, we would decide to talk in rhymes and just end up laughing at the silly things we come up with.
Laughing together doesn’t just strengthen your family bonding, but it actually does affect your health too. It’s always been said that “Laughter is the best medicine.” Research (helpguide.org) has shown that:
* Laughter relaxes the whole body. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.
* Laughter boosts the immune system. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease.
* Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.
* Laughter protects the heart. Laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.
So go ahead! LAUGH OUT LOUD!
Proverbs 17:22: “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”