Laughter Is The Best Medicine

By P Chong                                             Friday, 29 January 2010


Can a laugh a day keep heart attack away? Maybe so, as

testified by new research at the Medical Center of the University of Maryland led by Dr Michael Miller.

It’s pointed out that laughter reduces pain, increases job performance, connects people

emotionally,and improves the flow of oxygen to the heart & brain.

Even a little laughter is a good thing.

Mark Twain said it best:

“The human race has only one really effective weapon, and

that is laughter. The moment it arises, all your irritations & resentments

slip away, & your sunny spirit takes their place.”

Humour & laughter stir up the three Es (i.e. enthusiasm, excitement & emotion) in your body mechanism bringing on a brighter life perspective. Laughter sets you up on a higher plane from where you can view the world in a more relaxed, positive, joyful & creative manner.

Take Mike, for instance, about to retire after years of working competitively as a top-notch travelling sales executive on the international circuit, is finally looking forward to taking up golf seriously. He has always been keen on golf & played occasionally whenever opportunity arose. Although his game has improved considerably, he was always getting angry with every mistake. This was attributed to the crowd he played with who took the game too seriously. They were playing competitively more for the score than for the fun of it. So he stopped his association with them & elected to play with some friends, who like him played more for recreational fun.

Now golfing was as enjoyable as he hoped it would be & even scored better to lower his handicap. The benefits of fun become so obvious. Being able to laugh at your own mistakes take some doing but worth the doing.

Whenever you can create the opportunities for laughter. Laughing out loud may seem silly if done solely on your own, so seek out friends to watch a funny movie together. There are many places & occasions for such opportunities, You might want to:

Join a comedy club or a “laughter yoga” group

Seek out funny people for company

Try to spread cheers around with telling funny jokes or stories

Play around with pets or children

Create fun activities.

Forget about personal inhibitions. Just let yourself go. Sense of humour is not required. Just laugh out loud (LOL)! Release all the stress & strain. Let go of your worry & pain . . . for when you laugh, the whole world laugh with you! Laughter is both infectious & contagious. You should laugh till your belly aches & stomach churns . . . for laughter is feeling deeply . . . allowing you to live fully!

Laughter has so much power to heal & renew. Here below is a summary of the physical, mental & social benefits:

The Benefits of Laughter

Physical Health Benefits:

Boosts immunity

Lowers stress hormones

Decreases pain

Relaxes your muscles

Prevents heart disease

Mental Health Benefits:

Adds joy and zest to life

Eases anxiety and fear

Relieves stress

Improves mood

Enhances resilience

Social Benefits:

Strengthens relationships

Attracts others to us

Enhances teamwork

Helps defuse conflict

Promotes group bonding

Laughter is strong medicine for mind and body.

Clowns are always a welcoming sight!

The Bible: Some Interesting Facts For the Laymen

Shared by P Chong                              Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Amazing Sky Sign: God's Love

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness so that the man of God maybe thoroughly equipped for every good work.” – 2 Timothy 3:16

What some well-known people had to say about the Bible:

I believe that the only way to understand any given passage in the Word of God is to take the whole Bible and place the point of it, like an inverted pyramid on that passage, so that the weight of the entire word rests upon a single verse or indeed, a single word.” Donald Grey Barnhouse

It takes the Holy Spirit to make us docile to the Bible . . . to give us the discipline to study and the humnility to accept the truth we find without twisting it.” – John Piper

It ain’t those parts of the Bible that I can’t understandthat bother me, it is the parts that I do understand. –Mark Twain

Do not try to imagine God or you will have an imaginary God.” – A. W. Tozer

There are:

  • 66 Books (39 Old Testament and 27 NT)
  • Written by more than 30 people
  • Among its authors were a tax collector, a herdsman, a doctor, a doctor, some fishermen, a philosopher, a preacher, some prophets, a statesman, a king and a rabbi.
  • Written over a period of about 1,500 years
  • It has 30, 442 verses.

Isaiah 66 chapters (96 pages) (Longest Book)

Palsm 150 154 pages

Obadiah 1 chapter only (21 verse) (Shortest Book)

Jude 25 verse

Shortest Verse “Jesus wept”.

Shortest Prayer in the Bible “Lord, save me!” (Matthew 14:30)

Shortest chapter Psalm 117

GOSPEL

There is only one gospel, on which all the apostles agreed (1 Cor. 15:11), and Paul could call down the curse of God upon anybody – including himself – who preached a “different” gospel from the original apostolic gospel of God’s grace (Gal. 1:6-8). Yet the apostles expressed this one gospel in various ways –

  • Now sacrificial – the shedding and sprinkling of Christ’s blood
  • Now messianic – the breaking in of God’s promised rule
  • Now legal – the Judge pronouncing the unrighteous righteous
  • Now personal – the Father reconciling his wayward children
  • Now salvific – the heavenly Liberator coming to rescue the helpless
  • Now cosmic – the universal Lord claiming universal dominion.

More general facts here for your  interest:

* It’s the best-selling book year after year.

* It’s been translated into 1200 languages.

* The Bible has 1,189 chapters.

* It has 31,173 verses.

* It has 773,692 words.

* It has 3,566,480 letters.

* The longest word in the Bible is MAHERSHALALHASBAZ.

*The word “and” is found 46,277 times in the Bible.

* The word “reverend” appears only once in the Bible.

* The oldest man recorded in the Bible was METHUSELAH (969 years-old).

*In America, 168,000 Bibles are being given or sold everyday.

* The Bible can be read aloud in 70 hours.

* King Solomon had 700 wives & 300 concubines.

* There are no cats mentioned in the Bible.

* All dogs go to Heaven.

* The Garden of Eden was in Iraq.

* The Bible described the dinosaurs in Job 39 -41.

* The shortest mentioned in the Bible was BILBAD in Job 8:1.

* The Bible was the first printed book.

The Bible has influenced billions of lives forever!

Let the Bible show you the way to Heaven!

Excitement

Excitement

By Paul Chong

imagesLeap for joy!

Excitement is the essence of life – the spice that gives rise to all glories. It is one element that propels you to great height of achievement. To start with, it gives you a sense of purpose and direction.

As it is, we are all the products of excitement. We are born as a result of two people falling in love and getting excited about each other. Once that excitement ebbs its magnification wanes.

But excitement taken to another level is even more of a potent force. This according to Dr Napoleon Hill, the author of “Think and grow Rich”, is referred to as the “transmutation of sex”. That is to channel all those sexual urge, drive and passion to a more intangible motivation of magnificent obsession. It’s been noted that great men of the past were all highly sexed and who had been able to convert their sexual energy to achieve greater legacies in life.

Chronological age may be a hindrance to your sexual performance and satisfying your sexual partner. However, you can redirect and channel your sexual desire for achieving other areas of human endeavour. Like focusing the sunlight under a magnifying lens, it’s got to be well focused and concentrated. It will burn right through. In life this will be the spark that triggers off the “Towering Inferno”.

If you wake up each morning feeling blue and unexcited about life, then life will similarly treat you likewise. With excitement, you’ll wake up with the break of dawn feeling great and ready to go and face life’s challenges. Remember the time when you fell in love, everyday was a glorious day for you. You could promise moon and stars and do anything. Nothing is impossible.

When Mark Twain was asked the secret of his success, he merely said, “I was born excited!” Our two grandsons Daniel & Matheson demonstrate daily that life is great. They are always excited and doing things. Lets hope this excitement dies not as it always does with the growing of years. Children are generally excited!

SANY7427_2Matheson & Daniel

Life is great. Be excited about yourself. Be excited about the things you do – be it a chore or a hobby or a sport you love. Develop that great passion that will drive you to immeasurable heights.


Sing as though there’s no tomorrow

Love like you’ve never loved before

Play as you’ve been playing all day

Stay excited everyday!

Image012_2Daniel always excited about his ice-cream