11 Reasons for Humor And Joy

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This is from a book I'll have to read.  "Between Heaven and Mirth: Why Joy, Humor, and Laughter Are at the Heart of the Spiritual Life," by James Martin, S.J. Copyright © 2011 by James Martin, S.J.  I'm a firm believer in laughter...and, yes, laughter in church.

  • Humor and joy evangelize others by showing our hope.
  • Humor can shock listeners into recognizing reality.
  • Self-deprecating humor reminds us not to take ourselves too seriously.
  • Humor can speak truth to power.
  • Joy, humor and laughter show Christian courage in the face of adversity.
  • Humor deepens our relationship with God by encouraging us to smile in prayer.
  • Humor and laughter welcome others into a group.
  • Laughter helps in the healing process.
  • Humor fosters good human relations.
  • Laughter relaxes us and so opens our minds.
  • Humor is fun, a gracious gift to enjoy.

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