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Do not dishonor God by words of repining, but praise Him with heart and soul and voice. Look on the bright side of everything. Do not bring a cloud or shadow into your home. Praise Him who is the light of your countenance and your God. Do this, and see how smoothly everything will go. 2SM 267.

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A Merry Heart Is Good Medicine

     A merry heart doeth good like a medicine. Prov. 17:22  

     The relation that exists between the mind and the body is very intimate. When one is affected the other sympathizes. The condition of the mind affects the health to a far greater degree than many realize. Many of the diseases from which men suffer are the result of mental depression. Grief, anxiety, discontent, remorse, guilt, distrust, all tend to break down the life forces and to invite decay and death.  

     Disease is sometimes produced, and is often greatly aggravated, by the imagination. Many are lifelong invalids who might be well if they only thought so. . . .  

     Courage, hope, faith, sympathy, love, promote health and prolong life. A contented mind, a cheerful spirit, is health to the body and strength to the soul.  

     Gratitude, rejoicing, benevolence, trust in God's love and care-- these are health's greatest safeguard.  

     The power of the will and the importance of self-control, both in the preservation and in the recovery of health, the depressing and even ruinous effect of anger, discontent, selfishness, or impurity, and, on the other hand, the marvelous life-giving power to be found in cheerfulness, unselfishness, gratitude, should also be shown.  

     There is a physiological truth--truth that we need to consider-- in the scripture, "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine."  

     The true principles of Christianity open before all a source of inestimable happiness.  

     We should encourage a cheerful, hopeful, peaceful frame of mind; for our health depends upon our so doing.

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