Laughter, The best medicine

An old saying concerning laughter states that laughter is the best medicine”.  I could not find any specific reference as to where or under what circumstances this phrase came into being but there is a verse in the Bible that says it even better. 

In Proverbs 17:22 we find “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.”  Consider the following which was written by Shan Jackson about Proverbs 17:22:

“No one can doubt the need and value of happiness in one’s life. A life void of happiness is a life without meaning or cause.  However, just as medicine can bring relief to illness, happiness can bring relief to emotional, mental, or spiritual illness.  Happiness cannot only cure, but it can also prevent much of the lack-lusterless of a person’s life….Joy, Cheerfulness, gladness, and mirth when mixed well with wisdom bring to our lives what our lives need to have.” (Shan Jackson, The Book Of Proverbs, Chap. 17, ed. Bill Jackson (Sain Publications, Pulaski, TN, 1988), 246 (Links added)


We live in a world that is filled with “bad news”.  One way to cope is to take God’s advice and develop a merry heart. 


Leon Brashear

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