“A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones” (Proverbs 17:20)
I love Psalm 126 and the reason for laughter, joy and happiness God gives us—the great things He has done for us, and will do! Comparing two translations helps bring out the fuller meaning:
English Standard Version
2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then they said among the nations, "The LORD has done great things for them."
Good News Translation
2 How we laughed, how we sang for joy! Then the other nations said about us, "The Lord did great things for them."
3 The LORD has done great things for us; we are glad.
3 Indeed he did great things for us; how happy we were!
God gives us greater and lesser reasons for laughter, but the lesser ones are a gift from Him also.
Here is a video that works in any language—and that shares the delight in the universal language of laughter. Nanci and I loved it. I don’t think our Golden Retriever Maggie could quite pull this off, though she would love to be given the chance. I thank God for the multiple gifts of creative people, dogs and laughter.