Laugh Again

Tim Clinton, Ed.D.


“Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand”

Mark Twain


Laughing 1Kids smile an average of 45 times an hour, and they will “belly laugh” 1 time every 7.5 minutes.  By the time we become an adult that drops to 15 times a day.  In hospitals it is nearly 0.  When was the last time you had a good laugh?

The popular saying, “Laughter is the best medicine” is not actually a bible quote.  However, the concept comes directly out of the book of Proverbs – “A happy heart is good medicine, and a cheerful mind works healing…” (17:22 Amplified Bible) 

The focus of this verse is inward – on a happy heart.  The function of the verse is outward – working healing.  What’s interesting is that the word translated “medicine” in this verse, literally means the “removal of a bandage – the healing of a wound.” (Strong’s Concordance)

Dr. Thomas Sydenham a seventeenth-century physician claimed that, “The arrival of a good clown exercises more beneficial influence upon the health of a town than of twenty mules laden with drugs.”

Determine to let your thoughts and attitudes reflect the “joy of the Lord”. He is in control and His love toward us is steadfast.  A cheerful disposition out of the overflow of our heart also, will often bring healing to those we come into contact with.

Laughing 3Stop living with your head hung down, focusing on the negative, and being a joy- sucker.  And get away from those who are. The results of such living is a “drying up the bones” (Proverbs 17:22b).

An old Sunday school chorus goes, “If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it…  No matter what – smile!  Laugh again.  Laugh often.  Bring back the joy.

It’s ‘a medicine’ that will turn your life around.



g-timTim Clinton, Ed. D., LPC, LMFT (The College of William and Mary) is President of the nearly 50,000-member American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC), the largest and most diverse Christian counseling association in the world. He is Professor of Counseling and Pastoral Care, and Executive Director of the Center for Counseling and Family Studies at Liberty University. Licensed in Virginia as both a Professional Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist, Tim now spends a majority of his time working with Christian leaders and professional athletes. He is recognized as a world leader in faith and mental health issues and has authored over 20 books including Breakthrough: When to Give In, When to Push Back. Most importantly, Tim has been married 36 years to his wife Julie and together they have two children, Megan, who recently married Ben Allison and is practicing medicine in dermatology, and Zach, who plays baseball at Liberty University. In his free time, you’ll find him outdoors or at a game with family and friends.

Posted on: April 25, 2017, 1 p.m.