A Merry Heart is Good Medicine!

“A cheerful disposition is good for your health.” MSG Translation Proverbs 17:22

“Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.” Proverbs 16:24

Laughter is good for the soul.

The disposition that we choose will effect every ounce of our being.

At the AACC conference I was reminded by Liz Curtis Higgs that we really need to look for things to laugh at. She said she was raised in a family where they ate meals together. At the dinner table they would all go around the table and try to top each other in sharing the funniest thing they saw that day. She had me in stitches just sharing about the experience. It has now become a tradition in our family and I tell ya, these kids of mine always have me in stitches. Even when I feel moody and irritable, I am overwhelmed with laughter and awe in their ability and willingness to laugh at anything and everything. They are so fun and carefree. Thus, the greater challenge for my husband, Jason and I to break through our rigidity, take note of and delight in the little enjoyments of the day.

When Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me” I believe He laughed with them and delighted in them. I believe He fully enjoyed the moments with each person and loved the ways of the children. Oh, that we, busy bodied, list oriented people would take time to soak in the joy of the day, play and laugh more with those God has placed in our lives.

My goal is to take at least one day out of the week to post funny videos, funny photos or funny stories from the week.  Let’s live life fully!

Here is a poem by an eighty five year old woman named Nadine Stair.

If I Had My Life to Live Over

I’d dare to make more mistakes next time.
I’d relax. I would limber up.
I would be sillier than I have been this trip.
I would take fewer things seriously.
I would take more chances.
I would take more trips.
I would climb more mountains and swim more rivers.
I would eat more ice cream and less beans.

I would perhaps have more actual troubles but I’d
have fewer imaginary ones.

You see, I’m one of those people who live sensibly
and sanely hour after hour, day after day.

Oh, I’ve had my moments and if I had it to do over
again, I’d have more of them. In fact,
I’d try to have nothing else. Just moments.

One after another, instead of living so many
years ahead of each day.

I’ve been one of those people who never go anywhere
without a thermometer, a hot water bottle, a raincoat
and a parachute.

If I had my life to live over, I would start barefoot
earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall.

If I had it to do again, I would travel lighter next time.
I would go to more dances.
I would ride more merry-go-rounds.
I would pick more daisies.

By Nadine Stair (age 85)
from Condensed Chicken Soup for the Soul
Copyright 1996 by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen & Patty Hansen

Let’s take her wise words and apply them to our today. We still have TODAY to live fully!

Here are a some funnies to enjoy!

Oh Stink!

Hugs from me to you!

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