Learn to Laugh
May 08, 2020 · by Andrea Long
We hadn’t been married very long (about 3 years) when we moved literally across the country.
The move was a huge leap of faith for us as we left our home, families, and everything that was dear and familiar. Although the Lord provided for us in some pretty big ways, the trip ate into our finances quite a bit more than we’d anticipated, until we had only a few cents left in our bank account. I remember sitting down to a meal at our dining table, placing my hand in my husband’s, and sincerely thanking God for the meager food in front of us. Suddenly, I had the giggles. Both my husband and I laughed and laughed (it was either that or cry). We felt so much better after that laugh!
Years have passed since that night, and seasons have changed. We’ve gone through many highs and some of the lowest lows in our lives. There have been countless times when I have been incredibly frustrated with life, ministry, and even God. There have been times when I certainly did not feel like laughing! But how cathartic is it during a frustrating moment to just throw your head back and give a good belly laugh? After a moment of forced laughter, you are sure to erupt in sincere giggles (possibly with a snort or two).
Moms, I have also tried this with my screaming toddler, and it works!
Mayo Clinic writes that laughter has many benefits, both long-term and short-term. Laughter releases endorphins (those little hormones that make us feel happy) from our brain, relieves stress and pain, and even boosts our immune system (hello, perfect timing during a pandemic!).
A portion of scripture that I have clung to in stressful situations is “the joy of the Lord is your strength” from Nehemiah 8:10. I don’t always remember to laugh, but I am much rewarded when I do.
I intended to write an article titled “Mother’s Day Gifts (Quarantine Edition).” My family had social distancing pictures taken at our home a few weeks ago. Pictures always make great Mother’s Day gifts, and it seemed even more fitting this year. Then I got the pictures back and realized how many times we were all laughing. I knew that I had to write about the value of laughter.
Remember, “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones” (Proverbs 17:22).
Don’t forget to laugh today!
Back story to the cover photo: I wanted a picture of me and my husband where I am twirling. My husband misunderstood and gave a little twirl of his own. The photographer perfectly captured my reaction! Sweet precious memories!
Dress: Bella Bleu by Dainty Jewell’s