by Fred Lowery

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Be Happy:Learn to Laugh

It is now a documented scientific fact that people who laugh a lot
live longer than those who do not. "He who laughs, lasts." It has
been determined that our physical, spiritual and emotional health
varies according to the amount of laughter in our lives. Laughter has
been called the tranquilizer with no side effects. It is approaching
life with a happy heart. Laughter is not a luxury. It is essential
for a balanced life and healthy well being.

The Bible teaches that a relaxed, happy attitude actually lengthens a
man's life, and uncontrolled negative emotions shorten a man's life.
The wag put it this way, "Laugh all you can. It will extend your
life; there is no record of any one who has died laughing."

"A heart at peace gives life to the body
but envy rots the bones."
Proverbs 15:30

"A cheerful heart is good medicine, but
a crushed spirit dries up the bones."
Proverbs 17:22

According to the Bible, a happy heart serves the rest of the body a
continual feast. Laughter is better than taking steroids or popping
pills. It provides a natural high and a lasting lift for the entire
body. Laughter lifts us emotionally, physically and spiritually.

"...but the cheerful heart has a continual feast"
Proverbs 15:15b -

Leslie Weatherhead says, "The Biblical picture of Jesus is that of a
radiant, laughter-loving friend, adored by children, and magnetic in
his appeal to all except those blinded by bias, self-interest or

Kenneth Hildebrand says, "Religion, at its fullest and finest is
replete with fundamental joy. It puts a song on the lips, hope in the
heart, and spring in the s ...

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