I smiled when my neighbor quipped, "Laughter does good like a medicine. That's what the good book says."
Really? Hmm. Let's think about that.
Medicine can do two things. It can heal a condition but frequently those nasty things called 'side effects' cause other problems we didn't have when we sought help for the problem we did have. So...I conclude medicine can be wonderful - sometimes. Other times it can be downright dangerous!!
Laughter is a little bit like that.
The sound of laughter is like a chameleon. It can express irrepressible joy and light up your world, get those endorphins scurrying through your body making you feel like a full-blooded Olympian.
But it can also be devastating. The scorner's laugh mortifies; the teaser's laugh ridicules and the abuser's laugh demoralizes.
Laughter - such a wonderful gift to bring joy. How unconscionable to pervert it into a weapon of pain.
Modern science has told us that wholesome laughter lowers blood pressure, improves cardiac health, reduces stress, boosts our immunity and enables a general sens of well-being. That's the kind of laughter that I believe the great King Solomon had in mind when he penned the words, "Laughter does good like a medicine."
So go ahead and enjoy the kind of laugh where your side hurts, your eyes water, you can't catch your breath and your body's totally spent. The laughing that makes you feels like you've just finished a two-hour session at the gym. And do it often!
And if you should happen to be on the wrong end of someone else's laughter - you know, the kind that hurts - try this: answer their laughter with your own - with a chuckle that says, "If you really knew me, you could never say that." Then hold your head high, confident in the assurance of God's love and the love of your family and friends and walk away smiling.