"A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person's strength."
— Proverbs 17:22
A cheerful heart is like a good medicine the Bible says.
Scientists are getting the idea as studies are finding that:
“After controlling for initial health conditions, we find that happiness extends life expectancy. Ten percent increase in happiness decreases probability of death by four percent, and this effect is more pronounced for men and younger people. Happiness plays a more important role for chronically ill people in decreasing mortality than for those who are not chronically ill. The positive influence of happiness on mortality can offset the negative impact of chronic illness. Marriage decreases mortality and this effect appears to work through increased happiness.” Source: “Why is the world getting older? The influence of happiness on mortality” from Deakin University, Economic Series.
Often when you think of making hearts well, you think of interventions, surgeries, medicines and rehab. Indeed it can get to that level and how grateful we are to have the dedicated expertise of the Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute physicians, nurses, pharmacists and rehab professionals.
What would happen if you consider the therapeutic effect of time with friends, relaxing with great music, creating something for the home, writing a poem, volunteering in the community, going for a walk or calling an old friend to reminisce and laugh?
A merry heart can be created for little cost and can pay big dividends!
"This heart is your heart, this heart is my heart
From the coronary artery to the jugular vein
From the circle of Willis to the capillaries
This heart will pump for you and me!"
Now, guess which tune goes with these lyrics I wrote back in 2009!
As you go about this day, take a moment to find merriment, joy, laughter. It makes hearts heal and helps people be whole!