Laughter Therapy - Proverbs 17:22

Verse of the Day - Day 66

Bible Verse About Laughter Therapy
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Welcome to Verse of the Day!

Today's Bible Verse:

Proverbs 17:22
A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. (ESV)

Today's Inspiring Thought: Laughter Therapy

I like how the New Living Translation says it even better: "A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength."

Did you know that some health centers treat patients who suffer from depression, stress and diabetes with "laughter therapy?" I read a report that claims laughter therapy cuts health care costs, burns calories, helps arteries, and boosts blood flow.

Laughter is one of my personal favorite gifts from God. I fell in love with Jesus Christ 30-plus years ago, and since then I’ve spent most of that time serving in Christian ministry.

In my travels through church hallways, staff meetings, and storage closets, on mission fields, in sanctuaries, and at prayer altars, I’ve seen that most of us come to the Lord broken and rough around the edges. Ministry life can be extremely challenging, but it's also remarkably rewarding. Laughter, I've learned, is one of life's greatest rewards, reviving and carrying me through the daily challenges.

If you suspect you might be suffering from a lack of cheer, let me encourage you to look for ways to laugh more! It might be just what the Great Physician has prescribed to improve your health and bring joy back into your life.

More Bible Verses About Laughter Therapy

Psalm 126:2
Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, "The Lord has done great things for them." (NIV)

Psalm 118:24
This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. (ESV)

Job 8: 20-21
"But look, God will not reject a person of integrity, nor will he lend a hand to the wicked. He will once again fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy." (NLT)

Proverbs 31:25 
She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future. (NLT)

Ecclesiastes 3:4
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; (ESV)

Luke 6:21
God blesses you who are hungry now, for you will be satisfied. God blesses you who weep now, for in due time you will laugh. (NLT)

James 5:13
Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. (ESV)