Good Medicine

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A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22
Have you ever considered how your thoughts and words might impact your health? There have been scientific studies done showing that high stress is linked with medical problems such as heart disease, and on the flip side studies have shown that people who are joyful and have mindsets of gratitude may actually be healthier and live longer. 
This verse from Proverbs pretty much says the same thing long before studies were done. Think about a time when you were so upset you felt physically ill. You probably can think of times when your thoughts and emotions have impacted your health, and over the course of years, the effects add up.
If you’re having a hard time picturing this in your own life, think of someone you know who is always happy and grateful. It’s nice to be around that person and you feel better for it right? Now think of someone who is always complaining and grumpy. How do you feel after spending time with them? We not only impact ourselves with our attitudes, we can impact those around us as well.   

Dig Deeper

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Philippians 4:8

As you go about the rest of your day (or tomorrow if it’s evening), pay attention to your thoughts. Are you thinking with joy and gratitude on the good, true things of God? Or are you weighted down with worry, and complaints? Ask God to give you a joyful heart and direct your mind to His truth throughout the day.  

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