A Cheerful Hear is Good Medicine


“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”

—Proverbs 17:22

Have you ever been so bummed, so conflicted, so dry of spirit that you felt it in your bones? Have there been moments when you thought you might never laugh, again?

Welcome to the club of being a human. I know that God will roll his eyes at this next statement. But as Bethenny Frankel told her fellow Housewife, the Countess Luann, this past week … life isn’t a caberet. She might have added a swear word, too.

Life is a big bowl of succotash. A mixture of highest of highs, lowest of lows … things going right and things going wrong .. the fabulously exciting and the mundane … babies being born and people dying.

When I was young, I thought life would be pretty easy. I did well in kindergarten. How hard could life be?

Well, I don’t have to tell you how life can get.


And sometimes, we take ourselves so seriously, and carry so many of the world’s (or our children’s) burdens on our shoulders, that we forget to laugh.

Yes, God wants us to laugh. It is the music of angels, isn’t it? A good laugh is a God’s releas valve for us so we don’t implode or explode.

God loves us to laugh at ourselves. And it is much easier to laugh at ourselves when we let God carry our baggage … with or without wheels.

I know that if I try to solve things that I can’t solve, God wants to tap me on my thick head and say, “Yoo-hoo, Susan. Stop thinking that you can fix everything. Only I can do that. Relax, play, laugh … enjoy this life I gave you. Did you not check your bags at the check-in counter? Silly you. Let me carry those bags full of worry, fear, confusion and angst. I have the strength. You will just go around with stopped cloudless, and not enjoy this brief time you have on earth. I am always here for you and can lighten your earthly load. Enjoy me, instead of having to have all of the answers, which, you will never have. Laugh at your human folly and foibles … and spread laughter like whipped butter. Share laughter instead of angst. Laughter heals more than harsh words.”

Remember when your children were little and your heart filled with joy and lighteners when your children laughed? That is how God feels when we laugh.

When I hear people laughing when I am in a restaurant … it makes me smile. Sometimes, I hear a weird sounding laugh and that, in turn, makes me laugh. And don’t you feel joy when you make someone laugh?

As a human, I know that there are times when I forget that things such as laughter are gifts from God. Alone, life is tough and without direction, but walking with God, puts spring in our steps and allows us to do the Hallelujah Chorus in snorts … and crack-up ourselves and others.

I think I shall now snort the Hallelujah chorus. Please join me.