Solomon expressed in Proverbs 17:22 where he wrote, “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” He also wrote in Proverbs 15:30, “A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones.” The affects of our thoughts and attitudes have a significant impact upon how we feel physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. The choices we make in regards to thoughts and attitudes on any given day do influence our health.
Consider the research done by the Mayo Clinic regarding the major health benefits to positive thinking, as opposed to negative thinking. Researchers continue to reveal the truth of God’s Word as they explore the effects of positive thinking and optimism on health. The following is from an article on the Mayo Clinic website. The full article can be found at http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/positive-thinking/SR00009
Notice the health benefits positive thinking may provide as listed on the Mayo Clinic website:
Increased life span
Lower rates of depression
Lower levels of distress
Greater resistance to the common cold
Better psychological and physical well-being
Reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease
Better coping skills during hardships and times of stress
When the Apostle Paul in Philippians 4:8 writes, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things” he is really giving valuable advice that will benefit our lives in very practical ways, should we be willing to follow it. What is important to understand, the Bible is not some archaic book which holds no value for the 21st century, but rather is extremely relevant, practical and beneficial for those who will study and follow its principles. For many people, the statement, “You don’t know, what you don’t know” should be a reminder of our need to investigate and search for truth, seeking to implement it in our daily lives.
There is much more involved in God’s Word than just promoting a positive attitude and its impact on your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. But, if you need a place to start to connect with God and His Word, this might be that place for you. Until you begin to build your relationship with the God who created you, you can never build and develop that relationship to what it needs to be.
Working on the elimination of “excusitis,” what Dr. David Schwartz labels as the failure disease, is important. A spirit of negativity will not only drag you down physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually but it will do the same for those around you. Negativity is contagious if you are around it long enough. When you think of improving your health, think about more than exercise and the food you eat, consider also the benefits of positive thoughts to your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.