And the holidays are upon us!  Thanksgiving and Christmas filled with awe, and family, and fun, and STRESS!  So, what do we do?  Do we crawl in a hole and pretend that we just don’t know that it’s that time of year, or do we become the Energizer Bunny on steroids?

So, here’s an idea.  Laugh!  It seems so simplistic, but it works.  According to studies conducted by the Mayo Clinic, laughter can:

  • Stimulate many organs
  • Activate and relieve your stress response
  • Soothe tension

Those are just the short-term effects.  Here are the long-term effects of laughter:

  • Improve your immune system.
  • Relieve pain
  • Increase personal satisfaction
  • Improve your mood

It’s really great to know that modern medicine has discovered something that God has known all along—“A merry heart does good like a medicine.”  In fact, laughter is readily available, cheap, and doesn’t have any harmful side effects such as heart attacks, nausea, vomiting, liver failure, and potential death.  That is, unless you “die laughing”!

So, do you have an underdeveloped sense of humor?  Not a problem!  Humor and laughter have to be practiced.  Start with a smile.  Turn the corners of your mouth up, not down.  Then give a fake laugh.  Try it with someone.  You might be surprised at the outcome.

And so in closing, I’d like to prime your humor pump with the following artwork done by my 6-year-old grandson.  He was studying the story of Isaac calling his son Esau for his blessing, and so my daughter encouraged him to draw a picture of the story.  Here it is:


According to my grandson,



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