Thursday, October 15, 2009

MAKE SURE YOU ARE TAKING YOUR LAUGHTER MEDICINE




I got inspired to start a laughter blog recently in a dream, and the word was Bridget Elesin laughs just as God laughs, i woke up and pondered why a laughter blog as i am not a comedian, lol, the only thing i could make out of that dream was that i love being happy and i laugh a lot..so i did not give it too much thought, until a day, i had my children's BFF in California ( I miss them all, Ada, Chidera and my Oke bobo) over at my place, they were at their best as usual, and after breakfast, i asked them to go play in their room while i clean up the sitting room which was looking as if it had been hit by a hurricane..lol, as they entered the room, i turned on the television and i heard Joel Osteen, one of my favorite Telly Pastor preaching,(I love his style of starting his messages with jokes..Joel Osteen and Jesse Duplantis are two of my favorite male Telly pastors).

His topic on that day was on laughter and as he kept speaking, he confirmed in few minutes what i heard in my dream and boy, i took down notes from his message that made me know the laughter blog was a done deal..i did more researches on laughter and also on the name, Bridget Elesin laughs just as God laughs..and i found out that God laughs on two occasions; one in situations where the heathens are raging against His anointed children and on occasions when individuals think they can do things on their own or think things are impossible like Sarah in the bible..and with this i decided to start the blog and today, its there with just a couple of messages and jokes to make you laugh in this world of ours full of many challenges.

I know i should be doing more and with time follow up with other things with the laughter blog, but for now, i am happy i started and more grateful to God, for bringing Pastor Joel Osteen my way to confirm the instruction to start the blog. My prayer for us all today is that God will help us all to have reasons to laugh as laughter is indeed tonic for the soul and help us all to laugh our way to our good given dreams. You can visit my laughter blog on www.bridget-elesin-laughs.blogspot.com.Enjoy the message below: Laughter is Good Medicine by Pastor Joel Osteen



Make Sure You're Taking Your Medicine

A lot of the sickness in our world is simply because we don't have the joy that we should. When we live uptight and on edge, it causes headaches, digestive problems, lack of energy. We don't sleep well. Much of this would go away if we would just learn how to deal with the stress properly. One of the greatest stress relievers God has given us is laughter. Laughter is like taking medicine. It not only makes you feel better but it actually releases healing throughout your system. When we laugh it restores and rejuvenates what the pressures of life have taken out.

Proverbs 17:22 puts it like this, "A happy heart is like a good medicine and a cheerful mind works healing." Notice, when we're good-natured and full of joy, taking time to laugh, taking time to play, it's like taking a good medicine. That's what helps us to stay healthy. In fact, medical science tells us that people that laugh, it boosts their immune system. Laughter reduces blood pressure. People that laugh regularly are 40% less likely to have a heart attack than people that don't laugh regularly. Laughter triggers the right side of the brain, which helps release creativity, helps us to make better decisions. Laughter activates the body's natural tranquilizers that not only help us to calm down but it helps us to sleep better.

I know this one lady, she hadn't slept well in years and years. She was constantly taking tranquilizers. She had taken them so long it hardly even affected her anymore. She had tried everything, different diets, different doctors, different medicines. Nothing seemed to work. But this one doctor gave her a very unusual prescription. He said, "Every night before you go to bed, you need to watch something funny – a funny movie, a funny video, a funny drama – something that makes you laugh." She started doing that night after night. Month after month she got better and better. Today she is totally off her medications. She can sleep like a baby.

What happened
She was having to take man-made tranquilizers because she wasn't releasing the natural tranquilizers that God put on the inside. Could it be that you would receive the healing you've been longing for if you would just lighten up and learn to laugh more often? Could it be that the headaches, backaches, migraines, chronic pain, chronic fatigue, even depression would go away if we would just take time to play, to laugh, to enjoy the life God has given us?

When my mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 1981 this is one of the things that she did. During the day, instead of going to bed, instead of sitting around feeling sorry for herself, thinking about her problems, she would go in and watch cartoons on television. She would sit there and laugh and laugh. What was she doing? She was releasing the healing that God put on the inside. If she couldn't find something funny to watch she'd just go look at my brother, Paul. That always made her laugh!

I know when I've had a hard day and I feel pressured and uptight it causes me to have a backache. Right down the center of my spine I can feel this pain and I know it's just from tension. I do just what I'm asking you to do. I'll go play with my children. They always make me laugh. Or, I'll watch something funny on television. Invariably, after a few minutes of laughing that pain is totally gone. It's just like I had a good massage but it was a lot cheaper! The medicine I'm talking about today can save you a lot of money. It can save you from buying sleeping pills, tranquilizers and anti-depressants. Laughter releases the body's natural medicines. It can not only bring physical healing but laughter will help strengthen our relationships.

I have a good friend that is a doctor. He told how this lady came in that has a severe case of fibromyalgia. It's very painful. She would spend hours a day in bed suffering. She had chronic fatigue, no energy. She was in poor health both physically and emotionally. She had gone through tough times and lived a basically very depressed life. The doctor gave her medication to treat the pain but he knew that was only dealing with the symptoms and not the root cause. After he talked with her a while he realized just how depressed she was. He asked her a very interesting question. He said, “How long has it been since you've had a good, hearty laugh?

The lady thought about it a moment. She said, "Doctor, I haven't laughed like that in over 30 years, since I was a child."

He said, "Well, here's your prescription. You need to go find every funny movie you can find. Go find every funny book you can read and laugh as much as you possibly can."

She began to do just that. Instead of sitting around feeling sorry for herself she began to laugh. Little by little she got her joy back. Every day she would laugh more and more. She started feeling better. The pain began to subside. She got her energy back. Three months later she went back to the doctor for her checkup. He said the moment she walked in he could tell something was different. There was a sparkle in her eye, a spring in her step, a smile on her face.

She said, "Doctor, I've never felt so good in all of my life."

Month after month, as she continued to relearn how to laugh, eventually, all those diseases left her body. There is too much sickness in our world today. Much of it is related to sadness. It's directly related to the fact that we don't smile enough. We live uptight and stressed out. What's happening? There's a healing power that we're not tapping into.


Friends, there is healing power in laughter. When you have a joyful spirit constantly on the inside, health and healing are flowing. Let me ask you what the doctor asked her, "How long has it been since you've had a good, hearty laugh?" A day? A week? A month? A year? Ten years?

There's a medicine available, a cure that is completely free. It has no side effects. You can take it as often as you'd like.

I'm going to give you a prescription today: Every day, at least three times, find something funny that makes you laugh out loud. Not a laugh on the inside. Not a chuckle down in here. No, release that joy out loud. Release those endorphins on the inside. Activate your natural tranquilizers.

Every time you laugh it boosts your immune system. It reduces your blood pressure. Tension leaves and creativity comes. If you'll stay on this prescription and laugh every day with a happy heart, having a cheerful mind, then you're going to sleep better. You're going to get more done. You'll have more energy. You're going to make better decisions. You'll be more creative. I believe even some of these areas of chronic pain, chronic fatigue, you'll begin to see them go away.

Make sure you're taking your medicine!

NB- Long post but worth the read! lol

1 comment:

Femme Lounge said...

watching comedies, children programmes and movies have been really helpful for me. when my spirit is low, i deliberately stay away from things that can bring more fear or sadness.