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The Essential Need for Laughter By Dr. Bob Snyder

Laughter Always Lifts Us

Recent travels have placed me in the presence of friends full of laughter. As a result, my spirit became light, my body – energized, and my heart – hope-filled. My journey became light in their midst.

The impact of humor grabbed me when Norman Cousins, former editor of Saturday Review, published Anatomy of an Illness as Perceived by a Patient. He chronicled his recovery from an incurable illness through the intentional use of laughter. Amazing? Maybe not!

The benefits are listed in Simple Health: 20 Easy and Inexpensive Things You Can Do to Improve Your Health by David Beibel and Harold Koenig. They include the following:


Chucking results in muscle relaxation, immune system activation, pain reduction, lowered blood pressure, and cardiorespiratory exercise – to name a few.


Sharing a hearty guffaw with others reduces stress, dissolves anger, frustration, and sadness, and aids in relaxation.


Giggling with others builds trust, unites families, and enhances relationships!

No matter our circumstances, the Joy of the Lord can be ours and can be expressed not only in prayer and worship but also in sharing a burst of delight.

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.

Proverbs 17:22, KJV

Join me in a belly laugh to start this new week.

I am sharing the journey with you.


Dr. Bob Snyder is the founder of IHS Global, a nonprofit that, through partnerships, equips Christian healthcare workers who are already caring for the physical needs of their patients to also care for their spiritual needs.

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