Ecclesiastes tells us over and over that there is “nothing new under the sun”. Evenwith new advancements in technology and changes in society, there is nothing new, only the same foundational concepts and ideas demonstrated in different ways. With this perspective, I cannot help but laugh when modern science comes up with new studies or conclusions that were written in God’s word thousands of years ago.
An article published yesterday in the Ballymoney & Moyle Times states that recent research and a systematic review completed by the Harvard School of Public Health, suggests “that feeling positive about life, protects against cardiovascular diseases such as heart attack and stroke, and may also be associated with healthier behaviors such as not smoking or drinking too much, eating a better diet and sleeping well.”
While many experts weigh in with varying opinions on the subject and reiterate that psychological well-being is complex, these same findings were outlined for us in Gods Word (the one who knows all human complexities intimately).
“Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.” Proverbs 12:25
“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” Proverbs 17:22
“A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.” Proverbs 14:30
The understanding that your life perspective and inner joy can benefit your health is also a favored perspective of researchers promoting laughter therapy as actual medicine. According to an article published on WebMD, recent research shows that laughter may have the following positive effects on your body:
- Increase of blood flow
- Increased immune response
- Lowering blood sugar levels
- Promoting relaxation and sleep
While few of us need a medical reason to laugh, it is encouraging to know that by filling our hearts with joy and peace we are doing good for both our spirits and our bodies as well. With clues to the impact our disposition can have on our hearts, one could argue that these cardiologists and physiologists are not completing much new work in this arena at all, but simply added to the truths outlined by creations first master physician.
Happiness ‘boosts heart health’. Ballymoney & Moyle Times. Ballymoney (UK):Jun 20, 2012.