Everywhere you turn these days we see advertisements for products that promise to improve our health. They're on television and radio, in newspapers and magazines, on the internet everywhere.
For a not-so-small price, the products promise better health, less pain, better performance in the bedroom. Some have side effects which make the alternative seem preferable.
Today I'm offering you a health booster that is completely free and has no ill side effects. It's get ready for this LAUGHTER.
The Bible's book of Proverbs says, "A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones." (Proverbs 17:22 NIV.) In more than six decades of living on this terrestrial ball, I have found this to be completely true.
Helpguide.org, a mental health website, claims that laughter benefits us physically in several ways. Laughter boosts immunity, lowers stress hormones, decreases pain, relaxes your muscles and prevents heart disease.
A Helpguide.com psychiatrist claims that laughter benefits our mental health in a number of ways. Laughter adds joy and zest to life, eases anxiety and fear, relieves stress, improves mood and enhances resilience.
And that isn't all. The website points out that laughter strengthens relationships, attracts others to us, enhances teamwork, helps defuse conflict and promotes group bonding.
I can recite a circumstance that substantiates nearly every one of these claims.
During the extremely stressful farm crisis of the 1980s, for instance, I used comedy videos and a free lunch in our company's conference room to boost morale among my sales staff. After 90 minutes with a Bill Cosby tape, we all left the conference room reinvigorated to face a rapidly declining market. I witnessed my sales staff actually walking a little taller as they left the room.
I have witnessed the healing power of laughter after funerals, in workplace conflicts and in tense situations at home.
All of that said, I now offer a few of my favorite health boosters
CHILDREN: Two kids are talking to each other. One says, "I'm really worried. My dad works twelve hours a day to give me a nice home and good food. My mom spends the whole day cleaning and cooking for me. I'm worried sick!"
"What have you got to worry about?" the other kids asks. "Sounds to me like you've got it made!"
The first kid says, "What if they try to escape?"
CHURCH: Billy Graham tells of a time, during the early years of his preaching ministry, when he was due to lead a crusade meeting in a town in South Carolina and he needed to mail a letter. He asked a little boy in the main street how he could get to the post office. After the boy had given him directions, Billy said, "If you come to Central Baptist church tonight, I'll tell you how to get to heaven." The boy replied, "No thanks, you don't even know how to get to the post office!"
WORKPLACE: A business sent an order to a distributor for a large amount of goods totaling a great deal of money.
The distributor noticed that the previous bill hadn't been paid. The collections manager sent an e-mail stating, "We can't ship your new order until you pay for the last one."
The next day the collections manager received an e-mail which read, "Please cancel the order. We can't wait that long."
FARMERS: An old farmer was walking down the path to the pond when he spotted a bullfrog. He reached down and grabbed the frog and started to put him in his pocket when the bullfrog said, "Kiss me on the lips and I will turn into a beautiful young woman."
Again the old farmer started to put the frog in his pocket. The frog asked, "Didn't you hear what I said?"
The farmer looked at the frog and said, "At my age I'd rather have a talking frog.
There you have it four capsules to improve your health, your mood and your life. No charge.