Sunday, July 12, 2009
A cheerful heart is good medicine
I was reminded today that "A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones." This comes from Proverbs 17:22 (which is in the Bible).
You may have also heard of it like this: "A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones." or "A glad heart makes a healthy body, but a crushed spirit makes the bones dry." or "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones."
So what's the bottom line here? Do our attitudes really impact our health and well being? Perhaps this is one of the reasons why the placebo effect is so powerful (it may not be ethical, but it is powerful).