03. March 2008 · 1 comment · Categories: Uncategorized

Prov. 3:12: I know that there is nothing better for them than to be happy and enjoy themselves as long as they live.”

Prov: 17:22: A cheerful heart is a good medicine, but a downcast spirit dries up the bones.

There is a scripture in the Bible that says, A cheerful heart is a good medicine, but a downcast spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22

God, that’s true! Laughter heals for real. Are you depressed? Start laughing. Go into a room all by yourself and put on the funniest movie you can find to get you started. Engage in some laughter therapy. Heal yourself.

Are you in pain? Laugh about it.     

Don’t believe the scriptures are true? Then check out this article below:

The guests at a Manhattan hotel must have thought they had checked into a madhouse. It was 1964, and day and night they could hear a man laughing uproariously. Weirder still, he seemed to be on some kind of schedule. What could be so funny? Nothing perhaps. Fifty-year-old Norman Cousins was laughing to save his life.

Cousins, the respected editor of the Saturday Review, had been given six months to live. He’d been diagnosed suddenly with life-threatening ankylosing spondylitis, a painful, degenerative disease of the spine. Cousins, who was in constant agony and quickly succumbing to paralysis, checked himself out of the hospital, which in his view “was no place for sick people” and into a hotel where under the supervision of a doctor, he began taking extremely high doses of Vitamin C punctuated by a regimen of intense belly laughter.

Why laughter? It was the only thing that seemed to kill the pain. Cousins would start laughing by watching Marx Brothers movies and Candid Camera episodes on a rented projector. After several months, and day after day of laughter, Cousins walked out of the hotel. In the years since then, Vitamin C would be discredited, but laughter, it turns out, is another story.

Cousins’s “laughing cure” was greeted by the medical establishment with derision. How stupid. A man curing a life-threatening disease with laughter. Cousins even wrote a book about his experience, Anatomy of an Illness as Perceived by the Patient. Although the book helped launch the holistic health movement, decades would pass before medical researchers reopened the curious case of the Laughing Man.

In 1995, in Bombay, now Mumbai, a young gastroenterologist would come across Cousins’s story in a medical journal. Dr. Madan Kataria – a dour and, in his own words, humourless professional – was used to fishing around in people’s guts for a living. But when he read about Cousins he decided to do something crazy.

At 7 the next morning, he went to a local park and was able to gather a few people for what he called a “laughter club.” The small group grew quickly. Each day they would tell each other jokes to try and produce laughter as a health routine. But a few days in, a sad thing happened. People were running out of jokes, and instead were offending each other with off-colour and sexist humour. Kataria’s experiment was, in his words, a bit of a “flop.”

That night Kataria had an epiphany. The people at the laughter club were fixated on a reason to laugh, a joke, a story, a comical event. What if he removed the reason?

The next day, Kataria gathered the now miserable group, and told them they didn’t need a reason to laugh. According to Kataria, some of them burst out laughing. Kataria learned that you could gather a group of people together, tell them to laugh and they could just start laughing. If someone hesitated, he would say: “Fake it.”

While the laughing was initially forced or “acted,” it would almost seem to build magically into the real thing. Laughter is naturally contagious and by simply laughing, people were “fooling” their own bodies into laughing along. And soon the whole group would be laughing madly. Kataria’s discovery of managed, contagious laughter – a new form of laughter – marked the creation of Laughter Yoga, an awkward-sounding health craze that has now spread to 40 countries and counting.

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1 Comment

  1. Hello Sis
    You have the wrong scriptures quoted in your article. But I enjoyed the article.

    Prov. 3:12: I know that there is nothing better for them than to be happy and enjoy themselves as long as they live.”

    Ecclesiastes 3:12 is the correct book, chapter and verse. Blessings!