“A joyful heart is good medicine …”
Maybe it’s because I worked at a hospital for years, but I’m always interested in seeing how our faith life affects our health (no big surprise, it’s always good). According to the verse above, a joyful heart has a positive impact on our body as well as our brain. What makes us joyful? Having a grateful attitude! Try googling gratitude + good health, and you’ll find all sorts of studies that show giving thanks has all sorts of benefits. Here are some:
• Stronger immune systems
• Less bothered by aches and pains
• Lower blood pressure
• Exercise more and take better care of their health
• Sleep longer and feel more refreshed upon waking
• Higher levels of positive emotions
• More alert, alive, and awake
• More joy and pleasure
• More optimism and happiness
• More helpful, generous, and compassionate
• More forgiving
• More outgoing
• Feel less lonely and isolated.
So why wait? Give thanks today and everyday. It’s good for you and everyone around you.
If you can’t think of anything to be thankful for, remember God loves you and so do I!