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He Who Laughs Last...

Recently John Ramsey from Ottawa posted on the Internet 11 reasons why he is giving up sports once and for all: baseball in the summer, football in the fall, basketball in the winter.
  1. Every time I went, they asked for money.
  2. The people I sat next to didnít seem very friendly
  3. The seats were too hard and not comfortable at all
  4. I went to many games but the coach never came to call on me.
  5. The referees made decisions that I couldnít agree with.
  6. The game went into overtime and I was late getting home.
  7. The band played numbers Iíd never heard before and it wasnít my style of music.
  8. It seems the games are always scheduled when I want to do other things.
  9. I suspect that I was sitting next to some hypocrites. They came to see their friends and they talked during the whole game.
  10. I was taken to too many games by my parents when I was growing up.
  11. I hate to wait in the traffic jam in the parking lot after the game."
Sometimes it seems like everything is being swept up in the midst of this Internet/ Hi Tech revolution we are living in, even the area of spirituality and church. While cruising the WWW (World Wide Web), this gem appeared: Psalm 23 for the Ď90s: "The Lord is my programmer, I shall not crash. He installed His software on the hard disk of my heart, All of His commands are user-friendly, His directory moves me to the right choices for His nameís sake. Even though I scroll through the problems of file, I will fear no bugs, for You are my backup; Your password protects me; You prepare a menu before me in the presence of my enemies; Your help is only a key away. Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, and my file will be merged with His and saved for ever."

Dr. Patrick Dixon MA, MBBS, is an English physician internationally respected for his creative research and analysis. Author of three books, including The Truth about Aids, Signs of Revival, & The Genetic Revolution, Dr. Dixon recently made a stunning diagnosis of the medical benefits of laughter. Out of five million medical research papers published around the world since the mid-1960s, Dr. Dixon discovered by Internet several hundred papers analyzing the phenomenon of laughter. The first thing Dr. Dixon noted is that some people hardly seem to laugh at all. Everything is taken seriously. Such people, notes Dr. Dixon, are hard to live with and often have a tendency to be morose or depressed. Someone who can never laugh is as emotionally imprisoned as someone who can never cry. Doctors and nurses, commented Dr. Dixon, are now realizing that laughter is a powerful way to reduce tension and stress, creating a sense of well-being, increasing contentment and alertness, helping us place the problems and difficulties of life in context.

How can such a silly thing as laughter have such a profound effect on our physiological make-up? Click to find out more...


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