The old Proverb “a merry heart is good medicine” echoes in all of us, because when we are happy in our hearts, our physical health seems to improve also. Likewise, if our hearts are full of cheer, we’ll likely have a joyful mind!
These bodies we walk around in are truly amazing! It’s true that our heart is what makes us alive in a physical and spiritual sense, and when we feel happy in our hearts, physical health seems to improve also. There is so much evidence that good physical health has a huge impact on our moods and our feelings of emotional well-being. It only makes sense that when our health is good we have more strength, endurance, and energy to go about our daily routines with ease and joy. Other studies show the impact that humor and laughter can affect our health; when laughter is shared it triggers healthy physical changes in our bodies, and strengthens our immune system. As simple as it is, the ability to laugh is a major aid to metal and physical health! Similarly, a merry heart is not only good for the spirit but also for the body. Not only will it add life to our years in a spiritual sense, it could add years to our life in a physical sense!
“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoices; and with my song will I praise Him.” (Psalm 28:7)
God created our souls for great joy, and even when we are in the midst of affliction, sickness, or emotional pain, we can still discover a merry heart. A merry heart does not necessarily look for the pleasures in life, but instead it rejoices in what God is doing, and looks at life through the eyes of faith. Whether in peace or conflict, comfort or misfortune, we can still have a merry heart by looking beyond our struggles and allowing the joy of the Lord to give us strength and to renew us even when we are in the storms of life. A joyful heart is a choice and an act of faith as we hope and trust in the Lord’s work in our lives.
What’s the secret to joyful heart living and to having fullness of joy?
A merry heart is a heart of praise, and the very best way to experience a joyful heart is to rejoice in God and praise Him! We enjoy the fullness of joy from being in the presence of God by praising Him in all circumstances. Rejoicing, praying, and giving thanks transforms our whole outlook about our life and in our world. God wants nothing more than for us to have a joyful heart and mind that is set on things that are positive. The more we praise and love Him and reside in His loving nature, the healthier we will be…a merry heart is like good medicine!!
“Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices: my flesh also shall rest in hope” (Psalm 16:9)
This week I enjoyed reading Ceil’s post on Five Minute Friday...describing “small” in her words.
and also linking up this week with: