The Best Medicine #TraditionallySouthside

I’ve tried to keep my blog on the light side this week. As hard as it may be for some of you to believe, I’m kind of funny deep down. Yes, I know, some of you are finishing that up by saying things like “funny-looking, funny-smelling,” etc., but for those of you who don’t really know me, I have a great sense of humor. For instance, when I walked into our sanctuary yesterday to watch the men complete the installation of our almost 80 new acoustical panels on all of the flat surfaces of the sanctuary except for the floor and the pews, I told them that the panels were the wrong color. Now that’s kind of funny, isn’t it? Okay, they didn’t laugh either, but when I told them I was just kidding, I heard them make a noise that I’m sure was laughter. I did explain to them that I was joking and that the color was perfect and that they had done an exceptional job of installing them in 3 days.

I just want you to know that I have a humorous side – sometimes people don’t always understand it. But I have gotten better. I know when I first started out in the ministry that people didn’t laugh at 8 out of 10 of my jokes. Sonya said that I’m not taking into account that some of the laughter was mercy laughs and some was the people laughing at me, but that’s okay because now people laugh at about 6 out of 10 jokes that I share. Even adjusting for the mercy laughs, I figure that by the time I’m 90, I will be able to start my own comedy show. Well, maybe not.

Laughter really is the best medicine. I was thinking about this just the other day when I had a couple of real good belly-laughs. One of those happened when Sonya talked me into stopping by one of the stores that was having a going-out-of-business sale. They did have some good prices – I picked up 4 very nice ties for next to nothing. When we got home, Sonya pulled out her scissors to snip the price tags off the ties, and when she was done, she picked them up, and the bottom half of one of the ties fell to the floor. She panicked because she thought she had cut this pretty new tie in half. The look on her face was priceless – especially when she realized that she had simply dropped the pocket square. Oh, I laughed harder than I have laughed in some time, and it felt good.

Studies show that laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease. It triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals that promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain. I don’t know how much money they spent on that kind of study, but I could have told them that for free.

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