Heart Is Good Medicine
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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