Intentional laughter is the purest form of laughter there is because it puts us in touch with the Divine essence of who we are: childlike, whole, reflections of a perfect source that emanates joy and unconditional love.
Therapeutic approaches to laughter such as Laughter Wellness and Laughter Yoga can help. There are no strings or beliefs attached. All you can expect from a laughter session is that it will make you feel really good, connected with those around you and at peace inside. We respect the beliefs of everybody and do not preach. You will only be asked to laugh with others, never at them.
In the words of American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr “Humor is a prelude to faith and laughter is the beginning of prayer.” St. Thomas Aquinas himself said “It is requisite for the relaxation of the mind that we make use, from time to time, of playful deeds and jokes.“
Below are select Bible verses that speak of joy and laughter. Thank you to pastor Laura Gentry for compiling this list.
The ancient Psalms are filled with expressions of human emotions, some of which are great joy. Many personify the earth to imply that nature itself rejoices. So when we laugh, we are laughing along with the earth!
Notice that the verses about Christ and his coming speak emphatically of joy. This is why many of the Christmas carols have the word “joy” in them: Christ brings joy!
A few churches in the USA use laughter for inner healing, and it works for them. Read more.
Here is what Rev. John and Pattie Chappell (www.laughcry.org) recommend you do: “When you are feeling discouraged or have hurts that need healing, close your eyes, force yourself to raise your head, and begin praising the Lord in tongues or English for a minute or two. Then begin saying ‘Hee, hee, ha, ha, ho, ho!’ and repeat it several times. If you cooperate with the Holy Spirit, this will usually release a flow of holy laughter. If that doesn’t work, try saying, ‘Ho, ha, hee, hee’ or ‘ho, ho, hee, hee, ha, ha! This is not being silly. It is being spiritual! God takes the “foolish things of the world to confound the wise.” These words are holy words, heavily anointed by the Holy Spirit, and amazingly effective. To the natural mind, this “method” is so absurd, so ridiculous, but it will usually produce holy laughter in anyone. God’s methods bear fruit.”