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Humor and healing

From the January 1992 issue of The Christian Science Journal

My father was a jocund man, sparkling with good humor and wit, adept at telling funny stories. He was a pharmacist, and one of his stores was in the poorer section of town. Many of his customers couldn't afford doctors' fees or expensive prescriptions. Dad always tried to help them. He knew them all by name, and they affectionately called him "Doc." I recall hearing him say many times that the fun and good humor he shared with these folks did them far more good than medicine or pills.

I'm grateful that I picked up some of my father's good humor. The ability to laugh at myself eased me through many an adverse situation when I was a child. But I never realized that humor could play a helpful role in relation to healing and spiritual progress.

Clearly, the one Almighty God is the only real healing power. He's our source, our creator. He maintains man as His own spiritual likeness, and this truth underlies healing through spiritual means. Rich, vibrant humor can have a healing influence in our lives if it expresses the unalloying joy that comes from God, from pure Soul.

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