Writing Prompts: Laughter Is God-Medicine

Part 1: How Many Times Did You Laugh Today?

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“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones” (Proverbs 17:22, NIV).  Laughter is not only good medicine … it is also God-medicine.

Children laugh 300 to 400 times a day. Adults laugh just an average of 15 times. If we’re not careful, laughter and joy can slip away from our lives without notice, leaving our hearts dry and brittle.

Writing Prompt: This week, make note of how often you laugh and feel joyful.  Record those times in your journal.


Part 2: Laugh at the Unexpected

Sarah’s baby, Isaac, was an unexpected joy in her advanced age. “God has made laughter for me,” she said. “Everyone who hears will laugh over me” (Genesis 21:6, ESV). Sarah laughed because she could not believe that God would give her a child at her age.

Writing Prompt: What unlikely miracle has God given you over the years that made you laugh?


Part 3: Laughter Is Good for Your Health

Experts say that laughing aids digestion, lowers blood pressure, reduces stress hormones, increases muscle flexion, boosts the immune system, triggers the release of endorphins which are the body’s natural painkillers, heals broken relationships, and produces a general sense of well-being.  It’s “good medicine” (Proverbs 17:22).

Writing Prompt: Make a point of watching or reading something funny this week. Enjoy a good belly laugh.  Describe how it makes you feel.  What can you do to laugh more often?


Part 4: God Wants Me to Laugh. Really?

Psalm 30:11 says, “You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy “(NLT). In God’s eyes, laughter and joy are a good thing – and something He desires for us.

Writing Prompt: Complete this sentence:  I believe God wants me to be joyful because…