I have decided that laughter is something precious. Although the scripture verse found in the Christian Bible, “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine”, is a verse I have been familiar with for many years, I haven’t always actually taken it to heart – the exception perhaps on the days that I didn’t feel so well. Now I am beginning to realize how “preventative” this merry heart can be.
I always wished for a sense of humor. I sometimes even felt envy towards someone with a quick whit, great one liners, and smart comebacks.
Then the Lord showed me that a sense of humor is something we can cultivate. Yes, some come by it naturally but for those of us who need to practice humor, take heart.
The first thing I learned is that it stems from a happy heart, a heart that sees the good in things and is not easily offended. Offense is probably the most likely thing that will keep me from seeing the “funny side” of things. Now that seems to me that I’m mostly thinking about me. Ahh – another key to happiness. Less of me.
The second thing I learned is that cultivating a good sense of humor takes work. Some days it comes easy, and I even surprise myself with a little bit of spontaneous wit. But most of the time I have to stop and ask myself what possible humor is there is this situation. I want to laugh more, to live in the moment and love it. Not because it’s necessarily an extraordinary wonderful moment, but because it’s mine and I’m living it, and there is so much more to get out of that moment than I often realize.
To quote author Barbara Johnson, “After a lifetime of straining to be “the perfect perky ideal,” finally your breasts can relax”. Ah yes, that says it all doesn’t it. I just wish I had thought of that one.
Be assured, I am coming up with my own precious laughter moments and am intending to share them with who ever will listen.