Voices of Religion: Humor heals all wounds, physical and mental

Posted: Friday, August 06, 2010

I think right now if you stood in Fred Meyers and said, "We need more rain!" you could cause a riot. It is now August and summer has been less than what we hoped for, especially after last year.

I have a genuine concern and want to encourage all of us. Do your best to find ways to make your own sunshine. What I mean is to find and celebrate the good stuff. Otherwise for those of us who don't go anywhere, February will be rough.

Every year there is more evidence that your thoughts, moods, emotions, and belief system have a fundamental impact on the body's basic health and healing mechanisms. Whether or not you get sick depends on your body's ability to fight off infection and disease. In 1980 (prior to the discovery of the AIDS virus), the departing editor of the New England Journal of Medicine, Dr. Franz Ingelfinger, estimated that 85% of all human illnesses are curable by the body's own healing system. We now know that building a positive focus in your life plays an important role in supporting the body's ability to do this.

"The art of medicine consists of keeping the patient amused while nature heals the disease," said Voltaire.

The body's healing system responds favorably to positive attitudes, thoughts, moods, and emotions (e.g., love, hope, optimism, caring, intimacy, joy, laughter, and humor), and negatively to negative ones (hate, hopelessness, pessimism, indifference, anxiety, depression, loneliness, etc.). So you want to organize your life to maintain as positive a focus as possible.

"The chemicals that are running our body and our brain are the same chemicals that are involved in emotion. And that says to me that . . . we'd better pay more attention to emotions with respect to health." according to Candace Pert

The mere fact that you feel better after a good laugh is enough for many to conclude that humor must be good for you. But new evidence confirms what our grandparents knew all along. Your sense of humor not only enriches life; it also promotes physical, mental and spiritual health., according to Dr. Paul E. McGhee.

The above information represents a vast science that is rapidly uncovering the connection between our emotional health and our physical. Proverbs 17:22 says, "A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones."

Why? Your immune system's ability to stay healthy is directly related to the health of your marrow.

What do you think Solomon thought as he wrote this verse? Here we are thousand of years later and we are finally figuring it out. Imagine if we apply it!!

Find ways to laugh, to relax and to enjoy life, take care of your heart and head, and by all means get outside, even if it means in the rain. Find something really fun and do it. Laugh, it's good for you!

Robert Reasner is the Senior Pastor at Abundant Life Church located at Mile 81.5 of the Sterling Highway.

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