Learning to Laugh

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No one in the the whole world has seen the movie Trolls more often than I have. I know you think you have, but you haven’t. All of the singing, all of the smiles, and all of the laughter. I am pretty much an expert on Trolls now, so I know full well that the entire purpose of this movie is to promote happiness, even in situations that say otherwise.

We can still laugh and experience joy even when it  looks like we cannot. Studies have shown that some people tend to laugh in very unlaughable situations, such as during moments of stress, anger, anxiety, frustration, and nervousness. Have you ever wondered why that is? Could it be God’s way of helping us to know that it won’t be like this forever? God designed our bodies to react to laughter by increasing endorphins (a happy chemical) and reducing stress. We burn calories each time we let out a good chuckle as well. Not to mention that laughter induces a reaction that boosts our immune system, triggering a fight against diseases and infections.  Laughter truly is the best medicine!

 

Proverbs 17:22

A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.

 

Psalm 118:24

This is the day the Lord has made.

    We will rejoice and be glad in it.

In my wedding pictures, I am smiling and laughing in every shot. Not because I was so unbelievably happy (I mean … I was), but because everything that could go wrong … did! It rained, my dress got dirty, my hair poofed like crazy, and I ended up wearing flip flops down the aisle instead of the beautiful jeweled heels I purchased as I almost broke my ankle trying to walk in them. The minister almost knocked over the unity table, the music skipped during the wedding procession, and my husband was late! During all of these events, the only thing I could do was laugh! Why not?! I knew things were going wrong, but I had to focus on the goal … to marry my husband! I knew all of this stuff would be over soon, and it wasn’t going to last forever!

Even in our MEH moments, let a giggle and a “thank you Jesus” roll off of your tongue! It won’t always be like this!

 

Questions:
When was the last time you laughed so hard you cried? Who in your life inspires a good giggle out of you? How often during the day do you let yourself laugh … accidentally or on purpose?

Next Steps:
Look for life’s funny moments. Watch a comedy special or your favorite movie, and let your endorphins do their thing! Give yourself permission to let out a big ole’ God-approved laugh!

Prayer:
Dear Jesus, thank you for creating us to laugh! Thank you for loving us so much that you have given us the ability to smile even in the midst of our not-so-happy moments. We know your plan for our life, our day, our moment is good, and we know that you are behind each tear and each smile we share. Please help us to look for you while we go through dreary days and see the beauty in winter as we look forward to the spring.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.


This post was written by TreVe Carter. TreVe is a Kingdom kid who fell in love with Jesus at the age of 13. She is a proud housewife and mommy; her mother is her hero. She’s a lifelong nerd and a hard-core Pittsburgh Steelers fan. She’s grateful to be a part of a church that loves God and his people as much as she does.


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7 replies
  1. Lisa
    Lisa says:

    Thank you, TreVe! Thank you for sharing your story of laughter and how God intended it to be. Love your wedding story! : )

  2. Marsha Raymond
    Marsha Raymond says:

    TreVe thank you so much! It was beautiful. It proves in all situations our mood has to do with what we focus on. Have a blessed day

  3. Sarah Rankins
    Sarah Rankins says:

    Tre!!! This is such a great post. As I’m reading this, I can hear your sweet laughter. Thanks for encouraging to laugh along with you! Love you, my friend!

  4. Steven Carter II
    Steven Carter II says:

    That’s My Wife!!!!!! Proud to do ministry with you baby, and to serve at our wonderful Church!!! Your a “Blessing to others, but also to me and our baby girl “. Laugh, cry and find God’s great JOY!!! Proud to do life with you!!!! Love You Always Mrs Carter!!!

  5. Candace Ellison
    Candace Ellison says:

    I so needed to read this today, and I too thank GOD for creating us to laugh, I try to put a smile on faces but after reading this will try harder. GOD bless you Mrs.Carter!!
    Sincerely

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