(For the next several weeks, we will provide Best Practices to implement in your life and marriage.)

THIS WEEK’S TIP:

BE SILLY!

According to a recent google study, “A good belly laugh helps to decrease cortisol and epinephrine, two stress hormones while increasing endorphins, serotonin and a host of other feel good hormones all at the same time. Laughter helps to increase T-cells in your body which are key to a healthy immune system.”

We love how Google supports the ancient truth King Solomon (who Greg affectionately refers to as the wisest dude who ever sported a pair of flip flops) recorded around 970 BC.

THIS WEEK’S SCRIPTURE TO CONSIDER

“A joyful heart is good medicine…” (Proverbs 17:22)

WOW! Think of it! “Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease. Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.”

We’ve decided to NOT take ourselves too seriously. You wouldn’t believe some of the silly things we’ve done. From putting bark collars to our throat as a family and taking turns to bark and see what it feels like to be shocked, or locking one another out of the car until the other does a happy dance, no matter how busy the shopping center might be … we also went parasailing, ziplining, and even catapulted from a sling shot … all in the attempt to welcome laughter. 

How about you? 

THIS WEEK’S APPLICATION OR ASSIGNMENT

This week, we want to encourage you to be a little silly. Find ways to lighten your load. Look for one way to foster laughter.