Have you ever noticed that often the healthiest people you know are those who smile and laugh a lot – not those who frown and complain all the time? God’s Word tells us that a cheerful attitude has a positive effect on our health.
Proverbs 17:22 says, “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” Let’s look more closely at this verse.
First of all, the word “merry” means “glad” or “joyful.” The word “good” has a broad meaning and is therefore properly supplied. The word “medicine” is more accurately translated “cure.” It comes from the Hebrew word gehah, which means to thrust away a bandage that is no longer needed. Another translation of this verse reads, “A merry heart makes the body healthy…”