The Good Humor Barista: Serving Up Smiles


The Good Humor Barista: Serving Up Smiles

By: Susan Deborah Schiller

A funny movie, a hilarious joke, and a deep belly laugh all have one thing in common… they release a powerful hormone in your body called oxytocin. Ocytocin is often called the "love hormone" or the "trust hormone" and it's a chemical that has a profound effect on your brain. You could say it's largely responsible for making us human!

It's inexpensive, perfectly safe, and legal, and it's comes in a variety of packages… such as cuddling, hugs and touches, marital intimacy, acts of kindness, and laughter. It's even as simple as hitting the "like" button on Facebook or leaving a comment on a blog post :)

You can instantly change your atmosphere by singing, dancing, rejoicing, laughing, creating art, or simply smiling!

Remember the Scripture verse that says, "The joy of the Lord is your strength"? Nehemiah spoke those words in encouraging his weary laborers and warriors to eat "choice food and sweet drinks". I believe it was the Lord's strategy to create a change in the atmosphere, from overwhelmed-by-stress to overcome-by-joy. Nehemiah understood the power of rejoicing.

The first century Christians were losing their property and being slaughtered. The Apostle Paul encouraged them to "rejoice always, and I'll say it again, rejoice!" That's not a command to do a religious duty, but rather an invitation to change your atmosphere!

Get your life back through humor! Humor can take you 180 degrees from distress to happiness.

Laughter inhibits fear. It redirects your focus off of a problem area and in a more positive direction. Laughter can reduce stress hormones and build the immunity system. Finding humor in your situation can stave off depression. It puts your enemies on the run.

But the one who rules in heaven laughs. The Lord scoffs at them. ~ Psalm 2:4

You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings. ~ Psalm 23:5

Rule in the midst of your enemies! ~ Psalm 110:2

That's what God wants you and me to see… our enemies in a daze as we dine in God's favor at His banquet table. The real battle is spiritual and mental, out of natural sight and hearing. That's where our first step to recovery takes place. What an amazing God we have… who is so wild in His love for us that He sings over us and dances! Knowing this aspect of God's character and His love for us is a game-changer!

The king is wild for you. ~ Psalm 45:11

For the LORD your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs." ~ Zechariah 3:17

Ready to change your atmosphere?

Me, too :)

I'm collecting stories, jokes, cartoons, videos and more below Will you join me by sharing the giggles and adding your own in the comment box below?

Serving up Smiles: The 40th Wedding Anniversary Gift Retold with poetic license by Susan Deborah Schiller From the Series "The Humor Barista: Serving Up Smiles!" One of my husband's favorite jokes is about the older couple, in their sixties, walking along the beach. It's their 40th wedding anniversary and a bottle has washed up […]



Shared today by my friend Brenda Herr: 

A wife asks her husband, "Could you please go shopping for me and by one carton of milk, and if they have avocados, get six."

A short time later the husband comes back with six cartons of milk. The wife asks him, "Why did you buy six cartons of milk?"

He replied, "They had avocados." I know – a little corny, but hey – it made me giggle!

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Serving Up Smiles: King of the Jungle

 Serving up Smiles: King of the Jungle Written with poetic license by Susan Deborah Schiller From the Series, "The Good Humor Barista: Serving Up Smiles" A young lion came home from hunting school feeling out of sorts. He was always last to be chosen for any of the big chases and none of the […]




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Fire, who had the run of our riverfront property in the mountains where there no neighbors and barely any traffic, decided to take matters into his own hooves! He knew the dogs must be fed first, and no one was taking care of business! Mischievously, he trotted over to the hound dogs, grabbed hold of the lid on the Rubbermaid dog food container, pulled it open and knocked it over. Using his big head, he rolled the food bin over to the dogs and allowed them to gorge on 25 pounds of food!
Next, Fire calmly walked over to his own food shed where I normally scooped out generous servings of alfalfa grain, corn, and oats. Waiting next to his shed, Fire simply trusted that now the dogs were taken care of, it was going to be his turn! And so it was…. losing 25-pounds of dog food was worth the trouble as we all laughed until we cried. Laughter is a great source of healing and stress-relief! And this was a story that we have retold dozens of times, and we always get a good chuckleRead More

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Susan Schiller knows how it feels to lose everything: marriage and family, church and reputation, finances and businesses, and more. Susan's upcoming, interactive memoir, "On the Way Home," tells the story of how she came to be known as "the most abused woman" her counselors had yet met and how she learned to navigate her way out of hell to a rich and satisfying life. In her lifetime, Susan has served in duties ranging from home school mom – to pastor –  to full-time deliverance minister – and to Midwest regional prayer coordinator for a large international ministry. These days you can usually find Susan soaking in her favorite hot springs pool, reading a book (or several), blogging, baking bread, or hanging out with her family and friends. You can get a free copy of Susan's upcoming book, "On the Way Home" by registering here.

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Susan Schiller October 22, 2013 at 11:38 am

A blogging friend, Rochelle Gordon posted some humor today at – She writes…

"The latest scientific survey from Oxford University showed that 1 out of 10 people are killed by meat. … Do you know what that means? … That means 9 out of 10 people are killed by vegetables."


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