2017-07-14 / Chaplain's News

Laugh your way through the day

CHAPLAIN’S CORNER
BY CHAPLAIN (CAPT.) CHRISTOPHER N. HART
Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center

One of the best ways to decrease your stress level, lower your blood pressure, bring happiness and joy to yourself and others is through laughter. It’s just that simple!

Laughter in your life is a resiliency tool that works for everyone in all areas of life no matter the challenges or obstacles we are facing. Laughter enables you to bounce back from stress, disappointments and even setbacks. It helps us not to take ourselves too seriously and reminds us to find joy in our everyday life.

Sometimes in life when we face hardships and difficult, challenging situations, it saps our energy, steals our smile and lowers our morale. At the end of the day, we are left exhausted and ineffective and feel as if we did not accomplish our goals.

However, having a sense of humor in your everyday life brings joy and happiness which becomes nourishment to your soul. A nourished soul helps maintain a healthy body, and mind and a healthy body and mind produces positive results.

In Proverbs 17:22 it says, “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” Have you ever faced a situation that was so difficult you wondered if you would ever be happy again? Joy and happiness combat depression.

Depression is triggered by stressors. Stressors can evolve from the workplace, family issues, loss, financial issues, and, for some, it’s their unfinished business.

Unfinished business is any unresolved issue or challenge that you carry along with you. It hinders you from working in harmony with people around you and, most of all, harmony within yourself.

If you are not in harmony with yourself it will be hard to be in harmony with others. So how can you get out of that pattern of behavior that has left you unhappy and unproductive?

In Philippians 4:4 the Apostle Paul, in his final exhortation to the Philippian Christians, encourages them to rejoice. Paul was writing from prison in Rome and although his circumstances were not that great, he chose to remain positive through rejoicing.

He wanted others to do the same when he said, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice” (Philippians 4:4). So you may wonder how does one rejoice continually when things have not been going the way you anticipated?

Rejoicing helps you to remain hopeful and focus your attention and mind on positive things. Rejoicing also helps you stay motivated knowing that God’s love and care for you is unchangeable.

Knowing this will put that smile and laugh on your face. These are remedies that you can use daily, and, before you know it, you will be laughing your way, through your day. Give it a try.

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