February 8, 2016
Did you know that there are actual health benefits from laughter? Following is a list of eight of them.
Lower blood pressure
Increase vascular blood flow and oxygenation of the blood
Give a workout to the diaphragm and abdominal, respiratory, facial, leg, and back muscles
Reduce certain stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline
Increase the response of tumor- and disease-killing cells such as Gamma-interferon and T-cells
Defend against respiratory infections–even reducing the frequency of colds–by immunoglobulon in saliva.
Increase memory and learning; in a study at Johns Hopkins University Medical School, humor during instruction led to increased test scores
Improve alertness, creativity, and memory
But there are even more benefits of laughter. It just makes you feel good. It is contagious. It makes the people around you feel good and it chases away sadness and sorrow.
Today I am thankful for laughter. If I can laugh at least once a day, my day is a brighter day.
“Job 8:21 He will yet fill your mouth with laughter, and your lips with shouting.”
February 9, 2016
Have you ever given a lot of thought to the choices you make? Choosing what to wear, what to watch, what to eat or where to go can often become stressful or chaotic, but think of what it would be like if we couldn’t make our own choices. Our criminals in the penal institutions often live like this, but they do have some choices. They can choose what to say, what to believe, and who to talk to, with all of today’s activists some may be able to choose their own lawyer, their own recreation and even what they want to listen to or watch.
How would you feel if you could make no choices of your own, if you were told what to wear, what to eat, where to go, even what to think and what to do and what to say and you had no choice in the matter. There are actual countries, actual cities in other countries where the residents are told all of these things and if they don’t follow what they are told they can actually be jailed, tortured and even executed. It does happen.
Today I am thankful for choices. I get to choose what I want to wear, what I want to believe, what I want to watch, where I want to go, where I live, who my doctor is, who my friends are, what I want to eat and so many other things that I can’t even list them all. We live in a country where we have choices and freedoms to make the choices we want. I can’t even fathom what it would be like not to have choices, can you?
“1 Peter 2:16 Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.”