Proverbs 17:22 - A Merry, Joyful, Happy, Cheerful Heart Is Like Medicine.

Proverbs 17:22 - A Merry, Joyful, Happy, Cheerful Heart Is Like 

Proverbs 17:22 (KJV) A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: 
but a broken spirit drieth the bones. 

Proverbs 17:22 (NASB) A joyful heart is good medicine, But a 
broken spirit dries up the bones. 

Proverbs 17:22 (ESV) A joyful heart is good medicine, but a 
crushed spirit dries up the bones.  

Proverbs 17:22 (NRSV) A cheerful heart is a good medicine, but a 
downcast spirit dries up the bones. 

Proverbs 17:22 (NIV) A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a 
crushed spirit dries up the bones. 

Proverbs 17:22 (NLT) A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a 
broken spirit saps a person's strength. 

Proverbs 17:22 (NCV) A happy heart is like good medicine, but a 
broken spirit drains your strength. 

Happiness is caused by things that happen around me and 
circumstances will mar it; but joy flows right on through trouble; joy flows 
on through the dark.... It is an unceasing fountain bubbling up in 
the heart. D. L. Moody (1837-1899)  

   Joy is a central characteristic of the Christian - and yet so 
many know nothing of it. They are under the lash of duty and not 
unabashed delight. They are artificial, not artesian. Someone once 
described such Christians as "creaking in body and soul as they limp along 
the highway toward glory." They walk the road to glory, but they are 
certainly not walking the glory road.  
   The word "joy" (Greek: chara) is a strong and robust word. It 
is not resignation wearing a wan smile. It means a joy that is 
exuberant and overflowing. The summons to rejoice is sounded no less than 
seventy times in the New Testament, and the word chara [joy] occurs 
close to sixty times. The New Testament is a book of joy. Dr. William 
Barclay says that joy is the distinguishing atmosphere of the Christian 
life. He wrote: "We may put it this way - whatever the ingredients of 
Christian experience and in whatever proportions they are mixed together, 
joy is one of them."  
   Even in the first year after the death of my wife, I was 
wonderfully conscious of Christ's joy quietly breaking through the layers of 
my sadness and grief. Joy is always present in the heart of a 
Christian. It may not always be felt or recognized - but it is always 
there. And eventually it will break the surface, no matter what our 
situation or our circumstances. I have always maintained that joy is an 
inevitable part of the Christian life. Now I am sure. Oh, so very sure.  
   Father, thank You for reminding me that when joy has its 
roots in You, then its fruits will eventually appear - no matter what 
happens. Eternal honor and praise be to Your wonderful name. Amen. [Every 
Day With Jesus Bible with Selwyn Hughes devotional re Pro. 15:13] 

   This verse describes the positive benefits to our physical 
bodies when the inner person of the heart is happy. It also describes 
the opposite effect: when we are depressed or sad for an extended 
length of time, it is detrimental to our physical health and strength. 
When I pondered this verse on a not-so-happy day, it made me think, 
"Why am I not cheerful? Where has my joy gone?" Nine times out of ten 
I have been fretting about circumstances - which may not be all 
that happy - instead of focusing on my relationship with Jesus. Life 
isn't always a feast of pleasant experiences. We can't control the 
ways our days unfold or muster up a cheerful heart on our own, but we 
can pour our energies into knowing and loving Jesus, the source of 
all joy, and lifting his name high in good times and bad. When he 
and his kingdom are our focus, he provides what we need in those 
other situations and circumstances (Matthew 6:33), and he fills us 
with true cheerfulness, hope, and joy.  
   LORD, I want to have a cheerful heart, not a broken spirit. 
Help me to focus today on you and not on the circumstances I see 
around me. As you help me to do that by your Spirit, I will know and 
experience your true joy in my heart and Life. [Praying Through The Bible 
By Fuller] 

   The circumstances of our lives can be up or down, but a 
cheerful heart isn't at the mercy of circumstances. If we are able to 
take a step back and deliberately bring our attention to the things 
that are going right in our lives, the blessings we have, we can find 
something to rejoice in. During certain seasons filled with hardship, we 
may have to look hard for the blessings, but they are there. We 
don't pretend that the cancer or the financial struggle isn't 
happening, but we choose gratefulness for the blessings that are also 
there: for friendships or family or home or the constant presence of a 
loving God.  
   A popular saying is that life is 10 percent what happens to 
us and 90 percent how we react to it. So we have a choice to react 
by focusing on what we can be thankful for. Even if it's difficult, 
Proverbs 17:22 says a cheerful heart is good medicine.  
   "Where you bring your attention determines how you feel," Dr. 
Daniel Amen says, "and feeling grateful is a joyous place to be." If we 
choose cheerfulness as our dominant outlook on life, our body and soul 
will benefit. [The Daniel Plan 365-Day Devotional] 

   More and more scientific research supports the healthy way of 
living described in the Bible. You undoubtedly already know about the 
value of eating the proper foods, drinking enough good water, getting 
an adequate amount of rest, breathing plenty of fresh air, and 
exercising regularly. But have you ever thought about the health-giving 
value of being merry? Having a merry heart is more than just being 
happy and content. Merriment also includes having a sense of humor and 
the ability to laugh. 
   Some sad souls have gone so far as to advise that "true" 
Christians should always be serious and never laugh. But that is not what 
the Bible teaches. In fact, according to our text for today, the 
bones of such a person may end up prematurely dry - as in dead. 
   Recent research has provided a direct link between merriment 
and health. It turns out that a merry heart actually makes you less 
likely to get sick because it improves the functioning of your immune 
system. Your body is then better able to prevent, as well as to fight, 
disease. For example, someone with a cheerful attitude toward life is 
less likely to have such stress-related health problems as ulcers and 
cold sores than is someone with a gloomy outlook on life. "Mirthful 
laughter" actually reduces the chemical factors associated with stress in 
the body. Your body is able to heal itself and make you feel better 
faster. Rather than adopt a happy attitude, however, some people feel 
more comfortable asking a pharmacist for a pill to treat their 
symptoms when all they need is a good laugh. 
   By the way, when we talk about merriment here, we are not 
talking about silliness. Silly chatter and giggling often are associated 
with cruel or inappropriate jokes or gossip. Laughter that comes at 
the expense of other people does not create a merry heart-and it 
certainly is not health-producing. 
   A merry heart does you good-like a medicine. And unlike pills 
and syrups, you don't have to swallow it. It's natural, and it's 
free. [Nature Quest by J & P Tucker] 

   In recent years, grants have been awarded to 125 hospitals, 
nursing homes, and other agencies to start humor programs for their 
patients. Specifically, here's what a little laughter can do for you:  
   Laughter helps you relax and unwind. Just try lifting 
anything heavy when you are enjoying a good belly laugh. You cannot do it 
because your large muscles are totally relaxed. The only ones working 
are some muscles in your face and your abdomen.  
   Laughter strengthens the immune system. Research shows that 
when you have a really good laugh, the body produces more 
immunoglobulin A, the body's warrior against upper respiratory infections. 
   Laughter improves your circulation by increasing the heart 
rate and boosting the oxygen supply to the brain. This is part of 
what helps you relax and calm down. 
   Laughter is a way to live an enriched life instead of just 
maintaining your existence, getting through each day somehow. Laughter is a 
key to finding pleasure, and when you have to endure mental and 
emotional pain, you need all the pleasure you can get. I am not talking 
about being "lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God" (2 Tim. 
3:4), or "enjoy[ing] the passing pleasures of sin" (Heb. 11:25). Those 
verses describe the kind of hedonism that leaves God out, but there are 
unlimited legitimate pleasures you can enjoy by letting God in. For 
example: enjoying a tasty meal, listening to favorite music, watching the 
embers of a fire, marveling at the leaves turning color in the fall, 
and seeing the humor that is all around us. 
   All of these are pleasure-moments God wants us to enjoy, and 
we can do so if we learn to fine-tune the pleasure channels of our 
lives to His frequency. by Barbara Johnson [Passages Of Life SB] 

   A recent study reported in the journal Psychological Science 
claims that the intensity of your smile in your photographs is a 
reliable predictor of how long you might live. How come I have a sudden 
urge to start looking through my family albums so I can score how 
many of my pictures have that huge ear-to-ear grin or happy-go-lucky 
smile? The research scored the smile intensity in pictures of hundreds 
of professional baseball players. Since health and longevity 
records were being compared with smile intensity, the researchers used 
only players who had begun their major league careers before 1950. 
The athletes who showed up in pictures with the biggest smiles had 
only half the risk of dying compared to those with a straight face.  
   We have long known about the detrimental effects of stress. 
But what about the positive effects of a light and happy spirit? The 
health effects of humor first broke into my consciousness when Norman 
Cousins, a noted author, editor, and speaker, wrote his famous Anatomy of 
an illness (first published in 1979). Cousins, who suffered from 
heart disease and painful joint inflammation, described the healing 
effects of laughter. Since Cousins brought attention to the issue, the 
scientific literature on laughter and healing increased exponentially. It 
appears now that having the biblical "merry heart" increases health; 
reduces the risk of heart disease; decreases the incidence of heart 
arrhythmias; speeds healing after heart attacks; elevates growth hormone; 
decreases cortisol, dopamine, and epinephrine (all stress factors); 
enhances immunological health by increasing the activity of natural 
killer cells and immunoglobulins; and increases longevity. In fact, 
many major hospitals now have a clown care unit or something 
equivalent in which specially trained clowns assist children undergoing 
serious testing or treatment. For as Groucho Marx once quipped: "A clown 
is like an aspirin, only he works twice as fast." Proverbs 15:30 
suggests that simply putting on a happy face changes how I feel inside 
and brings health and healing. Oh, the power that is mine when I 
realize that I can choose to discipline my thoughts, think positively, 
and put on my happy face every day.  
   Lord, teach me to trust You totally. I choose to give You my 
cares. I choose to forgive those who have caused me pain. I choose to 
put on that happy face that brings joy to the heart and healing to 
my bones. [God of Wonders by David Steen] 

   Do you want to make a difference in your world today? One 
simple action - smiling - will do it. You might think that a smile 
isn't really that important, but let me tell you about some simple 
experiments performed by a psychologist in New York City that may change 
your mind. 
   A young woman who was doing smile research would stand 
waiting for an elevator in a department store. When another woman came 
to ride the elevator also, the researcher would simply smile at her 
but would say nothing. Once in the elevator, the researcher asked 
the other woman for directions. The interesting finding was that 
when smiled at by the researcher the other person would provide the 
requested assistance much more often than if she had not first been given 
a smile before boarding the elevator. There may be a number of 
explanations as to why the experiment worked the way it did, but the only 
planned difference in the two situations was whether or not a smile was 
   A smile is so easy to produce. You all know how to do it. In 
fact, smiling comes naturally to babies, not because they see other 
people smile, but because they come "programmed" to smile - babies who 
are blind from birth smile at the same age as those who can see. 
People can create ugly smiles, but those are sneers and leers. When you 
give the world the real smiles that you are born with, you make those 
around you feel better; and, since it is hard for you to be grumpy when 
you are smiling, you feel better too! 
   With all that we as Christians have to be thankful for, we 
should never stop smiling in our hearts. And those heart smiles will 
often erupt onto our faces, giving us a special radiance resulting 
from feeling the joy of Jesus deep in our heart. Do you know the 
song, "Sing and Smile and Pray..."? Those three things go together. 
When you have talked to Jesus about things He keeps you singing; and 
when you have a song in your heart your face will surely show it. 
[Glimpses Of God's Love by J & P Tucker] 

   Laughter is good for you. It lowers the flow of dangerous 
stress hormones in your body, eases digestion, and soothes 
stomachaches, a common symptom of chronic stress. So if you are under stress, 
consider relaxing with a comedy instead of a drama. Even better, spend 
some time with friends who bring out the lighter side of life.  
   If laughter doesn't come easily to you, ask yourself why that 
is the case. One possibility is that you're holding on to your 
worries instead of entrusting them to God. "Cast all your anxiety on him 
because he cares for you" (1 Peter 5:7).  
   Another possibility is that you're grieving a loss. There's a 
time for grief, and it's healthy to grieve. Be sure you're in a 
process of working through your grief with the help of others, and 
giving yourself grace in the process. Friends and entertainment that 
give you a break from sorrow might even be helpful as you move 
through grief.  
   Otherwise, find out what pokes your funny bone, and let it 
ease your stress. Laughter truly is good medicine for the body and 
the soul. [The Daniel Plan 365-Day Devotional] 


   My dog is chronically, maddeningly happy. His tail wags 
incessantly, which causes me to describe him as having a "happy ending:" No 
matter what his day brings, it doesn't change his joyful outlook on 
life. Personally, I had perfected the art of moaning and groaning and 
practiced it religiously. I was so adept at spiritlessness that I could 
instantly sap my strength and the strength of anyone else within shouting 
   My prognosis was not pretty, so I was referred to a spiritual 
cardiologist who specialized in cheerful hearts. His exhaustive examination 
dictated radical treatment to snatch me from the jaws of certain death. 
The bottom of my heart was identified as the diseased area. I was 
quarantined to the highly infectious wards of "Daily Laughter" and 
"Delighting in the Little Things:" My prescription was to forcibly readjust 
my eyesight from my problems and look to God as my focused 
destination. After months of rehabilitative metamorphosis, I emerged and was 
issued an XXL calculator to count my abundant blessings, joys, and 
forgiven sins with pinpoint accuracy and proficiency. My Great Physician, 
pronouncing me healed (and sealed), released me back into the "wild:" I 
fluttered down to the first challenge, wondering whether I was healthy 
enough to face the infected, dejected world.  
   Cured I was-quite permanently! And I was imbued with the 
spiritual immunity to defeat any cracks appearing in my armor while 
engaging in warfare. Once plagued with Broken Spirit Syndrome, I'm now 
completely recovered and dangerously contagious.  
   Susan M. Watkins, an author and Bible teacher, is a former 
writer for The 700 Club. [The One Year Bible Live Verse Devotional] 

   It had been a stressful day. Len dropped into his easy chair 
and retreated behind the newspaper. After unwinding with the funnies 
and the sports, he would be ready to enjoy the family at dinner.  
   Sara had a different idea. In eager anticipation, our 
five-year-old niece asked her uncle to take her for a "horsey ride."  
   Len kindly requested that she wait until after dinner. She 
willingly accepted postponed gratification and began rocking her teddy 
bear for a few minutes. Soon Sara approached him with increasing 
fervor. "Uncle Len, pieeease take me for a horsey ride."  
   "Let me rest a little longer." So she rocked Teddy a few more 
   The third time she approached him, Sara pulled down the 
newspaper. In an authoritative voice, she insisted, "Uncle Len, you have to 
have fun whether you like it or not!"  
   So he got down on his hands and knees and took her for a 
bumpy ride. (Why bumpy? Have you ever tried crawling on your hands and 
knees while laughing?)  
   As I laughed from the kitchen, biblical illustrations came to 
mind. I thought of the story in Luke 11:5-13, in which the neighbor 
demanded that his tired friend give him some bread.  
   A cheerful heart had transformed a tired uncle into a willing 
and energetic stallion. I wonder how many of my childish requests my 
Father finds humorous. I do know he answers prayers and enjoys blessing 
his children. Barbara Ferguson  
   Father, thank you for teaching me so many things about my 
relationship with you through experiences of children. Thank you for your 
patience and your encouragement to share my concerns with you, especially 
when I become impatient. Thank you for your many blessings, including 
the blessing of humor to neutralize stress. I love you, Father, and 
enjoy being with you, even in my childish way. Amen. [The One Year 
Devotional of Joy and Laughter by Mary Hollingsworth] 

   A little girl was eating her breakfast one morning when a ray 
of sunlight suddenly appeared through the clouds and reflected off 
the spoon in her cereal bowl. She immediately put it into her mouth. 
With a big smile she exclaimed to her mother, "I just swallowed a 
spoonful of sunshine!" 
   A spoonful of sunshine just may be the best "soul food" a 
person can have in a day. A prominent surgeon once wrote, "Encourage 
your child to be merry and to laugh aloud. A good, hearty laugh 
expands the chest and makes the blood bound merrily along. A good laugh 
will sound right through the house. It will not only do your child 
good, but will be a benefit to all who hear, and be an important means 
of driving the blues away from a dwelling. Merriment is very 
catching, and spreads in a remarkable manner, few being able to resist the 
contagion. A hearty laugh is delightful harmony; indeed it is the best of 
   An old poem advises: "If you are on the Gloomy Line, the 
Worry Train, or the Grouchy Track, get a transfer! It's time to climb 
aboard the Sunshine Train and sit in one of its Cheerful Cars." [God's 
Little Devotional Bible] 




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