Laughter and humor are in our world for a reason. What are some benefits of laughter? Proverbs 15:13 says, “A joyful heart makes a cheerful face. But when the heart is sad, the spirit is broken.” A similar verse, Proverbs 17:22, gives another reason. It calls laughter “good medicine.” According to Ecclesiastes 3:4, there is “a time to weep, and a time to laugh…”
Everyone can use a little laughter in their lives, no matter what their age. An elderly person, “with mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come…” (William Shakespeare), but “a child’s giggle is worth one hundred pounds of gold” (Amy Leigh Mercree). Here are some funny stories and jokes out of my file folder.
Sometimes typos can bring forth laughter as this one from a church bulletin: “Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our church and community.”
Now, here are a few quips from the mouths of kids:
“Never tell your mom her diet is not working.”
“Don’t pick on your sister when she is holding a baseball bat.”
“When you get a bad grade in school, show it to your mom when she’s on the phone.”
There was seen posted in a church nursery: “We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed.” This is a quote from I Corinthians 15:51 in reference to the transformation from earthly to heavenly existence.
“How many psychiatrists does it take to change a light bulb?” Only one, provided the light bulb wants to change.”
“There are three stages of life: You believe in Santa Clause; You don’t believe in Santa Clause; You ARE Santa Clause.”
“On a tour of the Florida Everglades, a visitor said to the guide, ‘I’ve heard that an alligator won’t attack you at night if you’re carrying a flashlight. Is that true?’ The tour guide responded, ‘That depends on how fast you are running with the flashlight.'”
I will close with a lesson about frustration.
A little girl asked her father to explain the difference between irritation, aggravation, and frustration. The dad, feeling mischievous, picked up the phone and dialed a number at random.
When he got an answer, he asked, “Hi, can I speak to Frank, please?” The person on the other end of the line said, “No, there’s no Frank here,” and hung up. That’s irritation.
He dialed the number again. “Hi, is Frank there?” “No! There is no one named Frank here! Stop calling me!” The phone was slammed down. That’s aggravation.
The father dialed the same number a third time. When the person answered he said, “Hi, this is Frank. Are there any messages for me?”
I hope you have laughed a little. If you have, click on “like.” What are some things that really make you laugh? What is something you can do to bring laughter into another person’s life at just the right moment?