Without one single doubt, laughter is one of God's greatest gifts and I am thankful for each and every giggle, snicker, snort, and wild outburst of laughter in my life. Not only for those in the past, but those still to come as well. I am thankful for those wonderful friends and family in my life who laugh with me. I anticipate each time together with the guarantee of laughter being in the midst of our communion. I am thankful for the release of joy and happiness as I turn my head to the sky and let a belly chuckle fly. The peals of laughter float toward the heavens in praise of The Giver of All Good Things!
I am especially thankful for the ability to laugh at myself. It pays high dividends to not take yourself too seriously! What a delight to put others at ease about your short comings in any department, by being the first to laugh over something you have no control and even your lack of control. Rather than crying over spilled milk, I prefer to shed tears from laughing so hard over being the klutz who spilled the milk. I can look in the mirror and laugh or cry---I prefer to laugh with those famous words, "Mother Nature Wins!"
Last and certainly not least is the sweet release laughter can give in the midst of the most intense of times. One of my very favorite scenes from a movie, this perfectly depicts the joy of release only laughter can give us. When at my very lowest point, I suddenly see a moment of levity that erupts into a spontaneous burst of laughter, I make a turn from the abyss of hopelessness into the light of hope. God's gift of release allows my heart to remember all is not lost---hope is always present---and laughter is surely the best medicine.
A joyful heart is good medicine