INNER PEACE BUILDER. Not everyone who laughs enjoys inner peace, but laughter helps keep our inner peace. The common notion about inner peace is someone looking composed and quiet, perhaps with eyes closed and the lips somewhat curved into a near smile. But I’ve often pictured it out as someone laughing. So one day I tried reinforcing inner peace with laughter, especially when the going went tough in my life. And it worked. In fact, it works better and faster than the traditional composed and quiet image.
“I believe that if people can get more laughter in their lives, they are a lot better off,” Steve Wilson, who is an MA, CSP, a psychologist and laugh therapist once said in a WebMD.Com article. The Mayo Clinic website went further in an article: “Laughter is a great form of stress relief, and that’s no joke.” It relieves pain, increases satisfaction, and improves your mood, the article added. When things seem to get out of hand and threatens my inner peace, I simply laugh. I feel better, I realize that God is in control and inner peace is restored.
Moreover, inner peace with laughter makes you more likable to most people than peace with a formal, serious face.
We may get the impression that Jesus never laughed when we read the Gospel. Thus, we see Jesus depicted in movies as someone always solemn and serious that no one would dare laugh while he was around. But I can imagine him often laughing because God has a perfect sense of humor. “The One enthroned in heaven laughs,” [Psalm 2.4]. “The Lord laughs at the wicked,” [Psalm 37.13]. Some smart alecks may say these verses shouldn’t be taken literally. Yeah? Says who? I don’t care how some great theologians interpret the bible but their guess is as good as mine, as far as I’m concerned.
Jesus ate with tax collectors and sinners, and I can’t imagine him around these guys always with a formal face. Everywhere you are, regardless of culture, tax collectors and sinners love to laugh. And his disciples–mostly ordinary fishermen–weren’t prone to formalities as the rich and religious leaders were. So it’s easy for me to get comfy with the idea that Jesus and company always laughed.
Thus, when the bible said, “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone,” [Romans 12.18] I believe this plea includes the habit of enjoying laughter now and then. It depends on you how you’d take life’s problems. Is it with peace that has a too formal and serious disposition or would you rather enjoy peace with some laughter as you relax, consider your situation, and trust God to bring you through it safely.
Again, laughter is NOT our inner peace. But it can powerfully help us keep the inner peace from God.
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