Laughter is the Best Medicine

A little child in church for the first time watched as the ushers passed the offering plates. When they neared the pew where he sat, the youngster piped up so that everyone could hear: “Don’t pay for me Daddy, I’m under five.”

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A little boy was attending his first wedding. After the Service, his cousin asked him, “How many women can a man marry?” “Sixteen,”  the  boy responded.

His cousin was amazed that he had an answer so quickly. “How do you know that?”

“Easy,” the little boy said. “All you have to do is add it up, like the Bishop said: 4 better, 4 worse, 4 richer, 4 poorer.”

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After a church service on Sunday morning, a young   boy suddenly announced to his mother, “Mom, I’ve decide to become a minister when I grow up.”

“That’s fine with us, son, but what made you decide that?” “Well,” said the little boy, “I have to go to church on Sunday anyway, and I figure it will be more fun to stand up and yell, than to sit and listen.”

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A boy was watching his father, a pastor, write a sermon. “How do you know what to say?” he asked. “Why, God tells me”, the father replied. The boy thought for a while then quietly said, “Then why do you keep crossing things out?”

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A little girl became restless as the preacher’s sermon dragged   on and on. Finally, she leaned over to her mother and whispered, “Mommy, if we give him the money now, will he let us go?”

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After the christening of his baby brother in church, little Johnny sobbed all the way home in the back seat of the car. His father asked him three times what was wrong.

Finally, the boy replied, “That priest said he wanted us brought up in a Christian home, and I want to stay with you guys!”

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Terri asked her Sunday School class to draw pictures of their favourite Bible stories. She was puzzled by Kyle’s picture, which showed four people on an airplane, so she asked him which story it was meant to represent.

“The flight to Egypt,” said Kyle.

“I see … And that must be Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus,” Ms. Terri said. “But who’s the fourth person?”

“Oh, that’s Pontius -the Pilot.

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The Sunday School Teacher asks, “Now, Johnny, tell me frankly, do you say prayers before eating?” “No sir, “little Johnny replies, “I don’t have to. My Mom is a good cook.”

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With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

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The Healing Power of Laughter

The health benefits of laughter have become widely recognised in recent years. People feel less pain after a good laugh because (research suggests) it releases chemicals that act as a natural pain-killer.

Physical benefits of laughter have been found to include a drop in stress hormones and less risk of heart disease. Mental and social benefits include less anxiety and stress, improved mood and enhanced group bonding.

Humour helps us to keep a positive outlook in difficult situations, disappointments and loss. More than that, laughter gives us the courage and strength to find new sources of meaning and hope. It really is contagious – just hearing laughter primes your brain and readies you to smile. It dissolves distressing emotions. You can’t feel anxious, angry or sad when you are laughing.

Humour gets you out of your head and away from your troubles. Infants begin smiling during the first weeks of life and laugh out loud within months of being born. But you can learn to laugh at any stage of life.

Smiling is the beginning of laughter. It can help to set aside special times to seek out humour and build from there. Pay attention to children and emulate them. They are experts on playing, taking life lightly and laughing.

The old advice to “count your blessings” will distance you from negative thoughts. When you hear laughter, move towards it. Share your embarrassing moments. The best way to take yourself less seriously is to talk about times when you took yourself too seriously.

There are now hundreds of non-profit laughter clubs world-wide, including many in the UK.

Philip Barron

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With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

 

A Blessing Just For You

May you be blessed
with all things good,
May your joys, like the stars at night,
be too numerous to count.

May your victories be more abundant
than all the grains of sand
on all the beaches
on all the oceans
in the entire world.

May lack and struggle be always
absent from your life
and may beauty order and abundance
be your constant companions.

May every pathway you choose
lead to that which is pure and good and lovely.
May every doubt and fear
be replaced by a deep abiding trust
as you behold evidence of a Higher Power
all around you.

And when there is only darkness
and the storms of life are closing in
May the light at the core of your being
illuminate the world.

May you always be aware you are loved beyond measure
and may you be willing to love unconditionally in return.
May you always feel protected and cradled
in the arms of God,
like the cherished child you are.

And when you are tempted to judge
may you be reminded that we are all ONE
and that every thought you think
reverberates across the universe,
touching everyone and everything.

And when you are tempted to hold back,
may you remember that love flows best when
it flows freely
and it is in giving that we receive
the greatest gift.

May you always have music and laughter
and may a rainbow follow every storm
May gladness wash away every disappointment
may joy dissolve every sorrow
and my love ease every pain.

May every wound bring wisdom
and every trial bring triumph
and with each passing day
may you live more abundantly than the day before.

May you be blessed!

And may others be blessed by you.
This is my heartfelt wish for you.

May you be blessed!