Ok. I admit it. I can be a bit uptight, serious and an over thinker. I tend to over process, over analyze and over do it at times. I can be your typical type A personality. I find myself to be in deep thought most of the time, competitive and aggressive when it comes to certain tasks. Because those characteristics come naturally to me, I often have to remind myself to relax and laugh. Especially after learning about the benefits of laughter.
Nearly a year ago, my family and I took a trip to TN for a reunion. Although I love traveling, especially with family. Everything about this trip stressed me out. Between packing for 3 kids, my hubby and self, dealing with the lines in airport security, stopping to sooth our crying baby or the millions of questions my son asked, I was drained. After all that, even once on board the plane and the flight had taken off, I was still stressed and anxious, thinking about our return trip. Everyone else was relaxed and having fun. My husband and father laughing at each others jokes, the kids looking out the window “ooh and ahhing” about the sites 30 thousand feet below. But not me…
As I was putting the baby to sleep, I was irritated at the noise my husband and father was making. Before I decided to approach them to tell them to quiet down (and stop having so much fun ;). I overheard my father coughing, my husband offered to pull him down the oxygen mask from the overhead that falls down during decompression. I immediately thought WTW! (What the World). I immediately tapped my husband Brian and said, “Dear, that’s only for an emergency he can’t use that!”. My husband informed me that he was aware of that and was just joking. I couldn’t help but to laugh at myself for being so uptight that I couldn’t recognize humor. We all laughed. I laughed so hard and so long that I brought myself to tears. I then realized, it had been a while since I had such a good laugh. The laughter released my anxieties, calmed my spirit and allowed me to truly enjoy the trip and most importantly, my family.
“A cheerful heart is good medicine…” Proverbs 17:22
Ladies After Wisdom (L.A.W.), science has shown as well that laughter is good for us. Studies show, that a good laugh relaxes your muscles, boosts your immune system, strengthens your heart and much more. If we all laughed more, we would be healthier and happier. So let’s place laughter into our daily routine. If you struggle like me with seriousiesm 😉 (a word I made up). Promise yourself that you will try more to laugh at yourself and life daily.
L.A.W. (Ladies After Wisdom), be aware of what stress and tension can do to your body. Causing different diseases, heart issues and lower your immune system. The opposite of laughter. being aware of the type of personality I do have, I try to start each morning with something funny whether online or on TV. It’s such a great thing to start the day with little bit of humor. Laughter has benefited me greatly and I am thankful for its healing tendencies. Emotionally and physically. Below, I have shared a link of a few things that keeps me laughing. I’ve learned that God has such a great sense of humor. L.A.W., I pray for you daily. I love you. All is well ;o).
Read: Proverbs 17:22, Proverbs 31:25
Wisdom Affirmation: I will laugh more because it’s good for me.
Prayer: Father, it’s me again. Thank You for my blessings. Thank You for my life. Father, I know you desire me to have a cheerful heart. You said Lord to cast all of our cares on You. Bless me to do so. Help me Father to lighten up and allow myself to laugh more and stress less. Bless the laughter in me to be medicine to my temple. Thank You Lord.
In Jesus Name, Amen.
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