Laughter is the Best Medicine. Bible?

Visiting the sick and discouraged for the sake of encouraging and uplifting is a staple of the Christian walk. And if you bring joy and laughter to those who have little to be happy about, that is a high calling. As a matter of fact, this is the whole point to the popular quote:

“Laughter is the best medicine.”

This quote cannot be found in the Bible, however, the origin of laughter as the best medicine DOES come from the Bible book of Proverbs.

“A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.” – Proverbs 17:22 (New King James Version)

While the idea that bringing laughter and joy to others can have a healing effect has merit,  over the years this famous quote has evolved to take on a more secular and superficial meaning. This Bible verse has more to do with a person’s heart, i.e. internal attitudes and beliefs, than with a person’s ability to entertain others. The Amplified version of the Bible puts it this way:

“A happy heart is good medicine and a cheerful mind works healing, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.” – Proverbs 17:22 (Amplified Bible)

If our thoughts and attitudes reflect the joy of Christ, and our outlook and personality are positive, we can work healing in many lives (you are what you think). Do you know someone that you like to be around, someone with this type of spirit, that lifts you up just by being together? Can each of us look in the mirror and say “I’m that person”?

Not only does the secular quote “laughter is the best medicine” leave out this understanding, it also leaves out the opposite of the quote which we see in Proverbs. It is the contrast between a happy heart and a broken spirit. Yes, God wants us to come to Him with a broken heart and a contrite spirit, humbling ourselves before God, but that is not related to this verse.

In Proverbs 17:22 the idea of a broken spirit is having a heart and mind that dwells on the negative. If we live our lives with our heads hung down, focusing on the negative, being a “downer”, we will have the effect on others of drying up their bones. In other words, rather than being refreshed by your presence, people will walk away parched and discouraged.

Let’s keep the truth of this saying alive in our lives. God has created us that we might have joy, and if we embrace the Gospel we can have that joy. And once we have the Joy of the Lord, we can have a healing effect on those around us. Be a healer today.


Laughter is the Best Medicine. Bible? — 11 Comments

  1. Everyone has to accept that laughter is the Best Medicine as it heals both our mind and body together. And not only the Medical Professionals but also the Bible has proved it right. So its good to be happy and to keep others happy as well.

  2. Thank you so much for your comment, it’s nice to hear from like-minded folks. Best regards, Bible or Not

  3. ABSOLUTELY spot on….actually Joy is fruit of the Holy Spirit as we learn in Galatians and 1 Thess 1:6, but there are many scriptures encouraging joy and laughter such as Proverbs 15:15, Col 1:11, Job 5:19-22,Psalm 2:2-4 and we learn in Psalm 16:11 that the climate of heaven is joy. HOPE and JOY bring laughter and all bring health!

  4. thanks for the phrase, “laughter is a medicine” truly it is medicine..just as in the book of Galatians it mentioned about the fruit of the spirit and joy is one of ’em…

  5. Yes, God likes it when we have joy and a life seasoned with laughter. Thanks for your encouraging words.

  6. I believe that having an uplifting spirit and encouraging those in
    need has a possitive impact and reflects hope.
    I also believe that sharing the gift of God through His Son “Jesus”
    is all mankind needs to have everlasting life. John 3:16.

  7. A little over two years ago I viewed a video, “Anatomy Of An Illness” atarring Ed Asner, where the story related that a CEO with cancer effectively became healed by having surrounded himself with movies and people causing him to experience hysterical laughter.

    Several months later I related this to a local hospital RN. She replied, “Oh yes, absolutely. A great many cancer patients have become well by surrounding themselves with laughter”.

    Researching this story on Wikipedia, it is found the ‘Author Patient’ was diagnosed with a heart disease and was given 6 months.

    Nuff said.

  8. Thanks Earl, very encouraging comment. For those looking for the movie here is the synopsis on Fandango and the DVD on Amazon. Yes, laughter is the best medicine indeed.

  9. I have found that in sevice to the Lord and his people when Holy laughter comes in that people who come in with problems, sickness, as well as pressure from every day life and stress experience a departure of it all as they laugh in the spirit and enjoy freedom.

  10. Amen! There is nothing better than a good laugh with fellow believers to make you feel better. Thanks for your comment.

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