Good Medicine

Proverbs 17:22 A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.

Over the past decade, an entire industry has sprouted up promising the secrets to happiness. There are best-selling books like “The Happiness Project.“ There is an online course called, “The science of happiness” that teaches you how to be happy.

I was personally convinced that our level of happiness went hand-in-hand with how many fish we caught! 😀

Research is validating Proverbs 17:22 by showing that happiness and good health go hand-in-hand. Scientific studies have found that happiness can make our hearts healthier, our immune systems more robust, happy people live longer, happy people have less stress, happy people have fewer aches and pains, and happy people make other people happy.

As adults become older they usually become more frail, which is characterized by impaired strength, endurance, and balance. In a 2004 study, over 1,550 Mexican Americans ages 65 and older rated how much self-esteem, hope, happiness, and enjoyment they felt over the past week. After seven years, the participants with more positive emotion ratings were less likely to be frail. Some of the same researchers also found that happier older adults were less likely to have a stroke.

One of the things that the Bible teaches is that happiness is a choice. We can choose to grumble and complain about life or we can choose to rejoice always, our actions then influence our emotions. Most people are happy or sad as a result of the circumstances and conditions of their life. We can’t control most of the events that happen to us each day so many feel like victims. They aren’t sure who to blame for their rotten life so they often blame God.

One of the most powerful factors in the level of happiness that we generally feel is a positive expectation of of a better tomorrow. Christians who think a lot about heaven and are expecting to be there soon are usually noticeable happier than those who are anticipating more problems and trials and live life dreading the next day.

The most often given command in the Bible is to praise and worship God for all that He has done for us. Those who choose to do that regardless of the amount of sunshine in their life not only feel happier, but God blesses them by putting His joy in their heart.

God calls Christians to attract spiritually lost people to Him. The most attractive people are those who are happy. Our level of happiness in spite of life validates our faith in Jesus.

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