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Hey! Science Agrees with the Bible: Laughter is the Best Medicine

A roundup of the science behind laughing. Why we laugh, what it does to our body, and why we need it so much for good health. Oh, and it makes you irresistible to the opposite sex too!


"A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones." Proverbs 17:22

Ever laugh so much your ribs hurt? I have and is it ever a blessed hurt. I love to laugh and to be around others who do. I like to feel the edges of my mouth widen, my eyes crinkle up, and my shoulders shake with mirth. It delights me to look across the room and see my friends bent double with laughter, or to hear their hoots of joy. New born babies peer into the faces of others, and within a few weeks, a smile slides over that little face, and it is marked down in a book, and the family rejoices. A six-month old in a fit of laughter can stop traffic in a mall; a gaggle of giggling girls may take over a neighborhood; the yelps of laughter from a boys clubhouse stamps as perfect a Summer afternoon.

All along, the Bible has endorsed laughter, all along we have sensed it to be true, and now, this article cites research and observations that confirm the Bible's claims. How about it: Let's make today one of joy and one of laughter. Make you feel better–I promise.

Tags: laughter, Bible, laughter+medicine, Proverbs

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By Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 81 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She was married to Jerry for 64 years, and grieves yet at his death in August of 2019. They have 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)

10 replies on “Hey! Science Agrees with the Bible: Laughter is the Best Medicine”

laughter is the best alternate medicine and it costs nothing. consider laughter as an exercise and reap all the benefits. fully agree what u say and admire all the different comments that r really valuable.


Hi Sister Buxton,

I got that poem from a book entitled The Best Loved Poems of the American People by Hazel Felleman. It contains so many good poems and some that I have used in teaching my kids and in speaking as well.


Berean, love the word chortle. 🙂

Carol, I’m speaking at a ladies function on Saturday. My topic is: Ninety-nine reasons why a mother should laugh. I would love to use this poem. I have never seen it before, and I love it.


Here’s one of my favorite poems on laughter.

Then Laugh

Build for yourself a strong box,
Fashion each part with care;
When it’s strong as your hand can make it,
Put all your troubles there;
Hide there all thought of failures,
And each bitter cup that you quaff;
Lock all your heartaches within it,
Then sit on the lid and laugh.

Tell no one else its contents,
Never its secrets share;
When you’ve dropped in your care and worry
Keep them forever there;
Hide them from sight so completely
That the world will never dream half;
Fasten the strong box securely-
Then sit on the lid and laugh.

Bertha Adams Backus

Much mirth,


Shirley, depression is epedemic among Christians and it is because of our choice to embrace anything but mirth and happiness. Phil 4:6-8 always comes to mind also. Read not too terribly long ago that cancer was often linked to anger/bitterness–not sure if that is true, but it very well could be!




Hi Shirley –

and thanks for commenting at my site! You are so right about laughing power! I have had the occasion to laugh too lately. I was so overworked but back on track again…

You’ve got a nice site!

Many blessings and blossoms to you too!

– Carrie


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