“A joyful heart is good medicine,
but a broken spirit dries up the bones.”
Proverbs 17 : 22
Again and again experience and now even science,
has proved that people can improve their health by change of attitude.
“Between the mind and the body there is a mysterious and wonderful relation.
They react upon each other.”
(Councils on Health, p.122)
Norman Cousins, former editor of Review of Literature,
had a serious and potentially fatal disease.
When the doctor’s could not help him-
he began taking the “merry heart” medicine described in our text.
He secured all the humorous books that he could find
and concentrated on making himself laugh.
After recovering he claimed that he had -laughed himself to health.
If laughter had a positive effects as this –
what will it do in the life of a Christian, who has additional resources-?
Such as the spirit of “gratitude and praise” that center on Jesus?
If focusing on funny things was effective, wouldn’t dwelling on everything that is
noble , good and pure be even more beneficial?
A happy and positive attitude is a powerful mechanism for harmful stress .
Paul said – in – Philippians 4:8
“And now my friends, all that is true, all that is noble,
all that is just and pure, all that is lovable and gracious,
whatever is excellent and admirable – fill all your thoughts with these things.”
Choose to PRAISE with gladness – at every opportunity.
We know that unseen agencies walk with us-
both on the mountaintops of joy and in the valleys of tribulations.
With God in us, help us to have – a thankful and a life of praise in our daily living .
Have a Blessed Day