Christian Nurse, General Nursing

Laughter is Good Medicine!

Saturday Evening

The Sheriff stopped his car at the hospital entrance and two cowgirls stepped out with Pocahontas in tow. They entered the lobby, and Pocahontas raised her palm straight up to some lady visitors and said “How”.  The visitors laughed and said, “Our hearts are heavy because our father just died. Thank you for making us laugh. Can we take a picture of you?”

“Sure”, said Pocahontas. “Our Sunday School class just had a themed dinner where we all dressed in costumes from the Old West. We came over to cheer up Ann’s husband who is a patient here. We’ll pray for you to be comforted in the loss of your father.”

Our dinner theme was “The Encouragers Go West”. Our Sunday School class is named The Encouragers.

 

Sitting Bull, Pocahontas, and the Lone Ranger.

After the photo, the Sheriff joined them and said hello to the security guard. They explained to him why they were all dressed up and he chuckled. The four characters walked into Ann’s husband’s room and he started laughing. “Thanks for coming to take my mind off my illness and make me feel better.” A nurse entered and laughed. “Would you like me to take your photo?” “Yes, please do,” they replied.

The four characters who cheered their brother in Christ.

After chatting awhile, they said goodbye and went to the next church member’s room. She beamed and perked up when she saw her friends in costume. As they walked down the hall, a male patient shouted, “Hey, come see me too!” They greeted him and he grinned and laughed.

Before they exited the hospital, a number of people in the lobby smiled and told them how much they liked their costumes. Amazing how their humorous costumes could bring a brief moment of joy to so many people.

God wonderfully created us to laugh and to have joy in Him. Christ is the only true source of everlasting joy. The word laugh and its forms occur 38 times in the KJV Bible; joy occurs 213 times. We can have joy even in the midst of sorrow.

A time to weep and a time to laugh. (Eccl. 3:1 KJV)

(Jesus said unto them) And ye now, therefore, have sorrow; but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you… These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation; but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. (John 16:22, 33 KJV)

Here are ten health benefits of laughter:

  1. Those who laugh often live longer
  2. Laughter boosts your immune system
  3. Laughter relieves pain
  4. Laughter reduces depression
  5. Laughter boosts your relationships. Men love women who laugh. Women laugh 125% more often than men.
  6. Laughter has social benefits. It’s contagious!
  7. Laughter gives your organs an internal workout. 100 laughs have the same health benefits as 15 minutes on an exercise bike.
  8. Laughter improves your breathing.
  9. Laughter helps you lose weight by increasing your heart rate and metabolism.
  10. Laughter decreases your blood pressure

Here is the link if you want to read the entire article. https://www.wonderslist.com/10-benefits-of-laughter/

My dear friend Opal always wanted to be a nurse, but she met a handsome man in his Air Force blue uniform. He swept her off her feet, and they married as soon as she graduated from high school. She loves to laugh and gave me some funny stories to pass along to my nurse friends “to lighten their day”.

Answers children wrote for their science exam questions.

Question (Q): What are steroids? Answer (A): Things for keeping carpets still on the stairs.

Q: What happens to your body as you age? A: When you get old, so do your bowels and you get intercontinental.

Q: Name a major disease associated with cigarettes. A: Premature death

Q: How are the main parts of the body categorized? A: The body is consisted into three parts – the brainium, the borax, and the abdominal cavity. The brainium contains the brain; the borax contains the heart and the lungs, and the abdominal cavity contains the five bowels: A, E, I, O, U.

Q: What is a fibula? A: A small lie.

Q: What does “varicose” mean? A: Nearby

Q: Give the meaning of “Caesarian Section”. A: The Caesarean Section is a district in Rome.

Q: What does the word “benign” mean? A: Benign is what you will be after you be eight.

Feel free to share your humorous stories with us in the Comments section!

 

3 thoughts on “Laughter is Good Medicine!”

  1. A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones. Proverbs 17:22
    this verse is on a plaque on my living room wall. It once was on the wall of my Dr, Grandfather’s medical office. It is so true that laughter comes out of a merry heart that flows from God Who is the Great Physician!

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